Joined up service will leave us in rude health

Plans for joint care revealed
Plans for joint care revealed

Views are being sought over the creation of a new body to guide health and social care service delivery in West Lothian.

West Lothian Council’s Executive and Lothian NHS Board both recently approved proposals to begin a consultation to merge health services and create a new West Lothian health and social care partnership board.

The consultation on the draft integration scheme is set to run until Friday, February 20. More information, including a copy of the scheme and how to respond, can be found at

John McGinty, West Lothian Council leader, said: “West Lothian has the most successful Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP) in the country and this new legislation will allow us to build on this success.

“We believe that greater integration of health and social care services can deliver real benefits for West Lothian residents, so I’m delighted that the plans have taken an important step forward.

“Shared working has a huge role to play in increasing the well-being of local citizens and reducing health inequalities across all communities.

“The new board will play a strategic role in directing both council and NHS services, with staff continuing to work for their respective organisations to deliver for the communities we serve.

“We would encourage anyone who would like to make their views known on the draft integration scheme to take part in the consultation before the Friday, February 20, deadline.”

Professor Alex McMahon, director of strategic planning, performance reporting and information at NHS Lothian, said: “We support these proposals on the integration of health and social care services for adults in West Lothian.

“Having worked closely with our partners at West Lothian Council to develop this joint plan, this new approach will build on the integrated work and good relationships which already exist between health and social care colleagues and services.

“We look forward to continuing to work together on the development of these important proposals.”

The suggested membership of the new board will consist of four West Lothian Council elected members and four NHS Lothian health board members.

In addition, there will be a number of non-voting members including the council’s chief social worker, two registered medical practitioners and a registered nurse, as well as representatives from the staff, voluntary sector, carers and other service users.