The Integration Joint Board for Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership is made up of representatives from Falkirk Council, NHS Forth Valley, Third Sector representatives, service users and carers. The Integration Joint Board*, through its Chief Officer, will have responsibility for the planning, resourcing and the operational oversight of a wide range of health and social care services.
Here we introduce members of the Integration Joint Board for the new Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership. Details of other members will be added as soon as they are confirmed.
Introducing the Integration Joint Board Members
Linda Gow has served as a local councillor for 17 years, holding a number of positions including Leader and Depute Leader of the Council. She is currently portfolio holder for Health and Social Care. She also represents the Council on the board of NHS Forth Valley, Falkirk Community Trust and the Helix Trust. Before becoming a councillor Linda was employed in the care sector, firstly working with the elderly then going on to work with young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties in residential care.
Councillor Dennis Goldie, Falkirk Council
Dennis has been a councillor since 1980 and during that time has held every senior post in the Council, including being elected to the office of Provost three times and also the Leader of the Council. Dennis is a Director of the Falkirk Community Trust and represents the Council on Falkirk for Business. Before joining the Council Dennis worked in industry within Falkirk and held various positions within the Trade Union movement.
Allyson Black is a Councillor for Grangemouth Ward, currently she is vice-convenor of Licensing and has held posts of Depute Provost and Depute Leader in the past. Previously she worked as a staff nurse in Psychiatry and Older People’s services, within Forth Valley. As a carer for many years, she understands some of the difficulties that carers face. When Allyson isn’t working she enjoys volunteering within her community.
Alex Linkston, NHS Forth Valley
Alex Linkston, NHS Forth Valley’s Chairman, is a former Chief Executive of West Lothian Council and under his leadership the Council won many awards for excellent customer service. He was awarded the Quality Scotland’s Leadership Award in 2007.
In 2008 he was awarded a CBE and in 2009 he was the Prince’s Trust Scottish Volunteer of the Year. He is currently Chair of Youth Link Scotland, Vice Chair of West Lothian College and a member of the Scottish Council of the Prince’s Trust.
James King, NHS Forth Valley (Vice Chair)
Mr James King, is a CIPFA qualified accountant who spend 13 years in local government with Glasgow and Falkirk Councils and 20 years with Royal Mail Group where he was Finance Director for Scotland and N.Ireland and latterly General Manager of the Post Office Counter Network before taking early retirement in 2004.
Mr King is currently Vice Chair of NHS Forth Valley, a member of the Accounts Commission, Board of Management of the Glasgow Metropolitan College, Treasurer of Stirling and District Association for Mental Health and also a Non-Executive Director of the NHS National Services Scotland Board.
Julia Swan, NHS Forth Valley
Mrs Julia Swan, NHS Forth Valley Non-Executive Board Member, started her career teaching O / A levels and vocational sciences to health professional students in Further Education.
Julia has worked in a number of local authorities in England providing services to disabled and disadvantaged children and young people in partnership with other services, including health. She has also led on establishing a number of innovative services such as integrated language support services and services for children and young people with autism.
Her most recent role was as Director of Education in Falkirk where she had a lead role in setting up coordinated children’s services and chairing the Forth Valley Regional GIRFEC group. During this time Julia also contributed to the development of the national Early Years Framework, chairing a task group and sitting on the main board. She have also contributed to national developments related to looked after children through LAC Strategic Implementation Group.
Membership by Virtue of Office
Patricia Cassidy, Chief Officer
Patricia originally trained as a nurse and has worked with a number of health boards in a variety of roles including health education and health promotion. She was also a visiting specialist lecturer in health studies and community nursing at Glasgow Caledonian University and has worked in a number of national roles with sportsscotland, the Scottish Consumer Council and the Health Education Board for Scotland.
After joining Aberdeen City Council in 2010, Patricia worked in a number of senior positions before moving to Inverclyde Council in 2014 where she was Corporate Director for Education, Communities and Organisational Development.
Mary Pitcaithly, Chief Executive, Falkirk Council
Mary Pitcaithly OBE, Chief Executive of Falkirk Council, has worked in local government since 1980 and has been Chief Executive of Falkirk Council since 1998.
After studying law at Edinburgh University, Mary worked in private practice before joining the public sector. As Head of Paid Service for the Council, she leads a workforce of around 7500, serving a population of c160,000 and has responsibility for a budget of c£350m per annum.
Mary is a former Chair of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SoLACE) Scotland and has represented local government on a number of national bodies, including the Resilience Advisory Board for Scotland. She was a member of the Arbuthnott Commission set up by the Secretary of State for Scotland and the First Minister to consider boundary differences and voting systems in Scotland. She is currently Convener of the Electoral Management Board for Scotland and was Chief Counting Officer for the Scottish Independence Referendum in September 2014.
Jane started her NHS career as Management Services Officer with Highland Health Board before taking up the post as Deputy Administrator for Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow.
She then moved to Lanarkshire Health Board where she undertook a number of senior administration roles before being appointed as General Manager of Hairmyres Hospital. Following a return to Glasgow in 2000, Jane became the General Manager for Surgery and later Chief Executive for the North Glasgow Division. She was then appointed as NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Director of Surgery and Anaesthetics in 2006 and Chief Operating Officer in 2009.
Jane took up post as the Chief Executive of NHS Forth Valley in October 2013. She also participates in a number of national groups and is currently the Chair of the National Review of Maternity and Neonatal Services.
Kathy McCarroll, Falkirk Council
Kathy McCarroll is Head of Service for Social Work Children & Families and Criminal Justice in Falkirk Council Children’s Services. She is the Chief Social Work Officer for the Council providing professional Social Work advice to the Council and the Integration Joint Board. Her remit, as Chief Social Work Officer, in relation to adult care includes a joint remit with Tracey Gillies, Medical Director for the implementation of the Clinical & Care Governance Framework, succession planning for the appointment of Mental Health Officers to the Council, as well as Guardianship Order authorisation.
Kathy has over 40 years social work and partnership experience in a range of areas including child care, criminal justice and adult services.
Ewan Murray, Chief Finance Officer
Ewan Murray is the Chief Finance Officer for the Integration Joint Board and his role is focussed in supporting effective financial governance and ensuring best value from the use of public resources.
Ewan has over 25 years experience working across various health finance roles within Forth Valley and a wealth of knowledge of community services and partnership working from previous roles including his work as Senior Finance Manager for Community Health Partnerships in NHS Forth Valley. Ewan has specific interests in population based health and care planning and infrastructure development.
Dr Leslie Cruickshank, General Practitioner
Dr Cruikshank has been a GP in Grangemouth since 1989. He was the Associate Medical Director for the former Falkirk Local Healthcare Co-operative and was also the Clinical Lead for the Falkirk Community Health Partnership since it was created in 2005.
Professor Angela Wallace, NHS Forth Valley
Ms Angela Wallace has dedicated her nursing career to the NHS in Scotland and brings over 20 years continuous service to her post.
Following extensive critical care charge nurse experience in Glasgow, she moved from her clinical specialist role, gaining her MBA. She quickly progressed through senior nurse posts, which included Senior Nurse Manager across a large medical, intermediate care, rehabilitation and care of older people directorate, and was then appointed Deputy Director of Nursing in NHS Fife. In late 2002, Ms Wallace came to NHS Forth Valley as Interim, and then Director of Nursing within the Acute Operating Division.
She was appointed Nurse Director for NHS Forth Valley in 2004, and is the professional head of Nursing and Midwifery. In addition she has a particular focus on Improving Patient Care, Safety and Experience and the involvement of patients in this work.
Angela is Executive Lead for Spiritual Care with NHS Forth Valley.
In December 2008 Angela was made an Honorary Professor in recognition for the development of Nursing and Midwifery and Improving Patient Experience by Stirling University, Department of Nursing.
Tom Hart, NHS Forth Valley
Mr Tom Hart is a Registered Nurse for learning disabilities and has worked in Forth Valley for 37 years.
Tom was elected Employee Director in 2004 and was re-elected in 2006. He is responsible for Staff Governance in conjunction with Human Resources Staff Governance Team.
Tom joined the trade union COHSE – the Confederation of Health Service Employees – in 1972 and over the years undertook various roles. When UNISON came into being in 1994, he was elected Branch Secretary of what was then the Primary Care branch.
Sandra Burt, Falkirk Council
Sandra has worked for Falkirk Council’s Social Work service for over 25 years supporting adults with learning and physical disabilities. She has worked in several day centres during this time.
In 2000/01 she undertook a one year secondment as a Job Analyst within the Single Status team, and now sits on the Grading Group as a Unison representative.
Sandra has an Honours Degree in Design, is vice chair of the Falkirk Fairtrade Steering Group and volunteers with a number of environmental groups.
Service User Representatives
The first son of Mary & Joseph, but no miracle worker! Worked in Social Work for over 30 years, including 10 years in the Falkirk area. Liked it so much, I not only moved here, but married a Falkirk bairn, Councillor Rosie Murray.
Educated at Strathclyde, Herriot Watt and the Open University. I currently work as a manager in Community Care. I hold judicial appointment on two statutory Tribunals, one in Mental Health. In addition, I am an accredited mental Health Officer and Appropriate Adult, I also hold Practice Teacher accreditation in Social Work. I currently work as a manager in Community Care. In addition to having three degrees, I have Post Graduate qualifications in both Education and Adult protection.
Served in the post on the Health Council of Argyll & Clyde, the Complaints Committee at Carstairs State Hospital, and was a Schizophrenia reviewer for NHS QIS. In addition I represent the joint trade unions (Unison, Unite, G.M.B. and UCATI) on the West Lothian I.J.B.
Within Unison, I am a member of the Scottish and Local Government Committees. Having served on the Learning & Organising committee and been a delegate to the STUIC.
Claire graduated from Edinburgh University in 2008 with a BA Degree in Community Education. She then took up the post of Young Carers Befriending Co-ordinator with Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre. Over the past 7 years Claire has progressed through the organisation and is now, Service Manager for Carer Engagement. Claire has day-to-day responsibility for ensuring carers views are represented and discussed at a local and national level. This includes encouraging carers to access opportunities such as Falkirk Carers Forum and the Carers Parliament.
Claire also has personal experience of being a carer, which along with her professional experience, will ensure carers views are gathered and represented in a meaningful way.
Third Sector Representatives
Karen Herbert is the Chief Executive of CVS Falkirk, which is the Third Sector Interface organisation for the Falkirk area, where she took up post in August 2013.
Previously Karen held various roles at a similar organisation in Ayrshire. Karen is a qualified accountant, with Masters Degrees in Business and Social Enterprise. She is a past director of several social enterprises and mentor to several business owners, both in the voluntary and private sectors. She has long term interests in employability and older peoples’ services, and has volunteered for many years in palliative care environments.
Angela Price is the General Manager of Falkirk & District Association for Mental Health (FDAMH). She has held this post for the past 6 years. Prior to joining FDAMH Angela has had a varied career: this includes holding various administration posts upon leaving school, training and working as a nurse, working as a counsellor, managing the first ever community based service for people discharged directly from psychiatric hospitals to their own homes and being a prison governor for 10 years.
In addition, Angela has a BA and MSc. from Glasgow Caledonian University.
*The membership requirements for voting and non-voting members is set out in the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 and supporting regulations. The voting members consist of three Elected Members from Falkirk Council and 3 Non-Executive Health Board Members.