Integration Of Health & Social Work - Appointments
22nd February 2011
Appointment of two senior officers to lead Highland integration of health and social care
The Highland Council and NHS Highland have appointed two senior officers to lead the planning for the integration of health and social care.
Jan Baird, the Director of Community Care for NHS Highland, will become the Transitions Director, leading a team of seconded staff from the Council and NHS Highland to develop and take forward the integration plan. She has been a front-line health practitioner and manager for many years, and has had lead responsibility for children's services and community care services to adults, and for joint work with Education, Police and Social Work.
Jan will be assisted by Keith Yates, who has been appointed as an external advisor to the programme.
Keith was the Chief Executive of Stirling Council from its inception in 1995 until he retired in June 2009. During that period, he developed a new approach to integrated public services.
He was a member of the national working group that introduced Community Planning in 1998, and represented Councils on the Shared Services group which encouraged the integration of services with the NHS. He was the Chair of SOLACE (Scotland), the organisation representing Chief Executives, from 2005 -2007.
Since retiring, Keith has been involved in a number of advisory committees and has worked on a number of assignments - most recently the Shetland Improvement Plan.
Councillor Michael Foxley, Leader of the Administration at The Highland Council, said: "These are two tremendous appointments. We wished to ensure that this programme was led by the best people, who understand the benefits of integrating health and social care, and have excellent experience of public service management. I very much value the experience and skills that Jan Baird and Keith Yates will bring to this role."
Garry Coutts, Chair of NHS Highland, said: "I believe that Jan Baird and Keith Yates will form an excellent partnership to take forward the planning for health and social care in Highland. Jan Baird brings first class knowledge of Highland communities and services, and Keith Yates has been one of the leading executives in the Scottish public sector over three decades. It is a perfect combination."
Blueprint for safe return to classes. Detailed guidance on practical measures to allow schools to re-open on 11 August has been published.
The Highland Council is assessing the implications of the First Minister's announcements made on the 21st May about the first stage relaxation of lockdown, concerning teachers and other education staff returning to the workplace during June to prepare for the return to school and settings on 11th August. Highland Council's Education Committee Chair, Cllr John Finlayson said: "The return to workplace and Highland schools for our Education staff will have to be undertaken carefully and gradually.
The Highland Council's Environmental Health Team is advising consumers to use their water wisely and check their private water supply systems for any signs of water leaks or risks of contamination. A private water supply is a property that does not have a Scottish Water mains water connection.
The Highland Council can now confirm which of the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) across the region will re-open from Monday 1st June 2020. A phased approach to re-opening the sites will be adopted with strict controls in place to help manage social distancing and to ensure the anticipated high number of visitors and volume of waste can be handled safely and efficiently.
The Highland Council's Housing Service currently operates an annual garden aid scheme, cutting grass in approximately 1,300 council house gardens. The Garden Aid service is for older or disabled tenants who don't have anyone to help them cut their grass.
Following an ambitious bid by Highland Council supported by NHS Highland, to deliver rapid active travel interventions in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, The Highland Council has been awarded £752,954 from the Scottish Government's Spaces for People fund, which is administered by Sustrans. Over the coming weeks towns across Highland and the City of Inverness will see a roll-out of temporary walking, wheeling and cycling infrastructure along priority routes.
Public assurance is being provided by Highland Council that the organisation is fully transparent and accountable during the COVID-19 emergency response as it publishes decisions made by its group of senior officers - or Gold Group* - under emergency procedures. The list of decisions made since 19 March 2020 is on the Council's website at the following link and will continue to the added to and updated as further decisions are made using emergency procedures.
The COVID-19 small business and self-catering grant scheme, set up to help companies stay in business during the coronavirus crisis, has now paid out £56,286,250 million to 5135 Highland businesses. The Highland Council's Head of Development and Regeneration, Allan Maguire, said: "We now are processing applications and approving payment within days of a business submitting a complete online application form and its accompanying evidence.
The Highland Council is pleased to announce that preparations are well underway for re-opening many of the Household Waste Recycling Centres across the region to the public from Monday 1 June 2020. The sites in Highland, along with all other Scottish Local Authorities, have been closed since the end of March due to the government's Covid-19 restrictions on non-essential travel.
Highland Council's Recovery Board Chair, Cllr Alasdair Christie has welcomed the publication of the Scottish Government's road map phasing the way out of lockdown, which was published earlier today. The First Minister revealed that Phase 1 of the Government's new four phase plan, could come into effect on 28 May, however the advice remains stay home, protect the NHS and save lives for now.
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