Dumfries & Galloway Health & Social Care

IJB okays consultation on options for care in region’s communities

OPTIONS for providing care in communities across Dumfries and Galloway are to be written up and assessed – in the next stage of the Right Care, Right Place programme.

On Tuesday, members of the Integration Joint Board (IJB) agreed plans to advance the work focused on the care which does not require the services of an acute facility and is not delivered in someone’s own home.

IJB Chairman Andy McFarlane said: “A great deal of work has taken place within Right Care, Right Place, looking at the provision of care, gathering views and insights, and looking at future models.

“With our region’s changing demographics and increasingly complex care needs, we know that we need to adapt our approaches in order to best serve our communities – now, and over the longer term.

“Last year, Right Care, Right Place gathered a huge amount of valuable insight and understanding from local stakeholders, including public and staff.

“In recent weeks, the team have been undertaking focused workshop sessions with stakeholders to take all that we’d learned and start planning, in real terms, how we can adapt to meet the care needs in our communities.

“This takes in everything from the roles played by our care homes to the services embedded in our cottage hospitals.

“A range of options for each of our eight Home Teams areas has been identified. And yesterday we agreed the next stage – to work with stakeholders to assess and shortlist the options, taking the most viable approaches out for public consultation.

“This consultation is expected to begin later in the spring, and we’ll be encouraging everyone to have their say.

“We are working to ensure that, by September, the Board have the necessary information to make the decisions that will provide the best outcomes for all involved, and begin implementing models of care that are best placed to meet the needs of communities both in the short term, and for years to come.”

Full details on the paper to IJB on 5th March 2023 can be found by visiting: https://dghscp.co.uk/integration-joint-board/integration-joint-board-meetings/