Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Paying too much for broadband? Move to PlusNet broadband and save£££s. Free setup now available - terms apply. PlusNet broadband.  


Introduction of the Care and Learning Service at The Highland Council

25th April 2014

A new Service within The Highland Council is introduced on Monday 28 April, with the creation of the Care and Learning Service, which is a merger of Education Culture & Sport and Health & Social Care.

This fulfils the Council's commitment to better integrating education, health and social care services to promote improved outcomes for children, families and communities. Health and social care services were brought together in 2012, and this integration will now include schools and education provision.

This also completes the Council's plan to reduce the number of Services from seven to five, reducing management costs by £350,000 per year.

Care and Learning will be the biggest spending of the five Council Services, with a budget of £373 million, more than half of the Council's annual spending. It will have 7,500 employees, which includes 2,700 teachers.

The Service will be responsible for a range of services to children and families, including schools, child health, social care and additional needs services. It will also have responsibility for mental health officers and criminal justice social work, as well as catering and cleaning across the Council. It will commission the adult social care service from NHS Highland, and also the culture and leisure service from High Life Highland.

The new Director of the Care and Learning Service is Bill Alexander, formerly Director of Health and Social Care.

Hugh Fraser, Director of Education Culture and Sport Service, has announced his intention to retire at the end of September, after more than 37 years service as a teacher and in education management.

Mr. Fraser and Mr. Alexander will continue working together over the coming months and until Mr. Fraser's retirement, to ensure the success of the Service merger.

Mr Alexander said: "This is an exciting development, as we move forward with the integration of these valued services. There will be no obvious, immediate changes because of the creation of this new Service today. However, I am confident that this alignment of education, health and social care will provide better outcomes for children, families and communities in the years to come.

"The management team for the new Service is now in place, and over the coming months we will be fully integrating the two major services. We have already seen positive results from the integration of health and social care, with an excellent recent inspection of our children's services. These new arrangements will enable our staff in schools, teams and units to continue to build on the very good services that we offer to Highland people."

The Council has also changed the name of the strategic committee to which the new Service reports. It will be known as the Education, Children and Adult Services Committee (formerly Adult and Children's Services Committee).

On 1 April, the Council established three new Services - Community Services, Corporate Development and Development and Infrastructure - which complement the Finance Service and the Chief Executive's Office.


Related Businesses


Related Articles

External audit highlights a forward looking Council
"The forward look of the Council is one of ambition, improving outcomes and working across Communities".  This is the view of the external audit report on The Highland Council.  
Review of Debt advice and related services
The Council has a legal duty to provide certain advice and information services on debt, welfare and housing for local residents.  Employment rights advice is also provided but there is no statutory duty on the Council to provide this.  
Closing the attainment gap in Highland
Highland Council is fully supportive of the aim to close the poverty-related educational attainment gap between children and young people from the least and most disadvantaged communities.  In Highland, 1537 Primary and 1006 Secondary School children live in the most deprived data zones.  
Council gets tough on unlicensed HMO
Last week, The Highland Council issued rent suspension orders (RSO) in relation to a number of properties being operated as unlicensed houses in multiple occupation (HMO).   The orders, which have been served on the owners and tenants, mean that the tenants are no longer under any obligation to pay rent to their landlord.  
Council Leader Welcomes Scottish Government's Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund
The Leader of The Highland Council Councillor Margaret Davidson welcomed the First Minister's announcement of a Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund to deliver much needed improvements to tourist infrastructure to support the rising numbers of visitors to the Highlands.   This comes the week after figures were published for August which showed Highland visitor attractions were performing 17% higher compared to August last year, a result that is backed by accounts from residents and businesses that the area has been hugely popular with visitors this season.  
Highland is ready for winter - are you?Thumbnail for article : Highland is ready for winter - are you?
The Highland Council is ready for winter and prepared to grit council roads as the council's winter maintenance programme starts on 14 October.   Trunk roads in Highland are the responsibility of Transport Scotland and their operators Bear Scotland.  
Trading Standards are looking for Test Purchasers
Trading Standards are looking for young people to take part in test purchasing exercises.  We want to find out which shops are breaking the law by selling age restricted products to young people under 18.  
Killimster Moss Road OpeningThumbnail for article : Killimster Moss Road Opening
Caithness Civic leader Cllr Willie Mackay (centre) cuts the tape at the opening of the newly refurbished half mile Killimster Moss stretch of the B876 Wick to Thurso road.   Looking on are some of the Highland council workers praised for the project which was done on time and within budget.  
Praise for B876 Killimster Moss road refurbishmentThumbnail for article : Praise for B876 Killimster Moss road refurbishment
Caithness Civic Leader Cllr Willie Mackay has welcomed the reopening of the B876 Killimster Moss Road.   A stretch of the Caithness Wick to Thurso road at Killimster Moss was refurbished over a four week programme of improvement and reopened on Friday 29 September.  
Consultation on review of Highland polling stations
A chance to have your say.   Voters are being invited to have their say on a review of polling places throughout the Highland Council area The Council has today (Monday 2 October 2017) launched a consultation over its review of election polling districts and polling places.  

[Printer Friendly Version]