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."
Highland Council's Environmental Health team have identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following routine monitoring in coastal waters at Loch Glencoul, Kylesku area. Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish from these areas may pose a health risk arising from the consumption of these algal toxins.
Highland Council's Environmental Health team has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following routine monitoring in coastal waters at Loch Eishort. Eating shellfish such as mussels, cockles, oysters or razor fish from these areas may pose a health risk arising from the consumption of these algal toxins.
Funding for food and activities during the summer break. More children and young people will benefit from a nutritious meal and a place to play this summer holiday.
At a meeting of The Highland Council on Thursday 27 June 2019, Councillors decided to discontinue the provision of education at Altnaharra Primary School, dividing its catchment area between Tongue Primary, Farr Primary and Lairg Primary schools. A copy of the consultation report, together with the original proposal paper and all relevant appendices can be viewed on the Council's website at: www.highland.gov.uk/schoolconsultations The Council is satisfied that implementation of closure is the most appropriate response to the reasons for formulating the original proposal identified by the authority.
"Highland Council as agreed to allow a question time for members of the public at future Council meetings. The motion was presented by Depute Leader Cllr Alasdair Christie and means that from December 2019, Highland Council meetings will include a time allocation for questions from members of the public.
Highland Councillors have unanimously agreed that the Council will support the continuation of the exemption from UK Air Passenger Duty for flights departing from airports in the Highlands & Islands; and Members also agreed that the Council will continue working with HiTRANS to present the case of the need for, and benefit arising from an exemption from the current UK Air Passenger Duty and any successor duty. The Council's stance comes this week as calls have been made by Aberdeen Airport for greater parity with Highlands & Islands.
Suicide prevention is a key priority for The Highland Council. Members have agreed today, to take forward a piece of research with partners including NHS Highland and Police Scotland, to better understand the current evidence base and experience of suicide in Highland.
The introduction of a service to support the mental health and wellbeing of Highland Council staff and councillors has been approved by the Council as part of a range of measures to improve wellbeing. An Employee Assistance Programme for staff and Members will be put in place to offer telephone and internet-based counselling 24 hours a day.
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