Meeting To Discuss Care For Older People in Falkirk

The findings of a joint inspection of health and social work services for older people and their carers in the Falkirk area will be discussed at a meeting organised by NHS Forth Valley’s Falkirk Public Partnership Forum.

A report published by the Care Inspectorate and Health Improvement Scotland found a high range of quality services and said health and social work staff were working well together. This has helped transform older people’s lives across the district. But the report also makes a number of recommendations which will be addressed by the new Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership as part of wider plans to deliver more integrated care.

Areas of good practice singled out for praise included strong links between carers and GP practices, good joint working in palliative care and a high level of support in short term and crisis interventions. It also noted that the majority of older people and their carers were happy with the service they receive.

Kathy O’Neill, NHS Forth Valley’s General Manager for Community Health Services, said: “We recognise that there is more to do to further improve the wide range of services and support provided for older people across Falkirk and the new integrated arrangements will provide a vehicle to take forward this important work.”

People attending the meeting, which takes place at 7pm on Tuesday 10TH November 2015 in the Council Chambers, Municipal Buildings in Falkirk, will also be updated on the wide range of services available at the Forth Valley Sensory Centre in Camelon. These aim to improve quality of life for people with a sensory impairment and help them become more confident and develop new skills.

NOTE TO EDITORS – Anyone who requires creche facilities or an interpreter to attend this event or has any other special requirements should contact: Jessie-Anne Malcolm, NHS Forth Valley’s PPF Development Co-ordinator on 01324 614660 or e-mail jessie.malcolm@nhs.net