Transformation programme turns focus to two key areas

A GROUND-breaking initiative asking people in Wigtownshire to work in partnership on new approaches to health and social care is now turning its attention to two key areas.

Challenges are being faced across health and social care within Wigtownshire, with factors including an ageing population, funding, geography and issues around recruitment and retention of staff.

The Transforming Health and Social Care in Wigtownshire programme sees health and social care professionals working in partnership with communities to develop new, sustainable approaches to health and social care, making best use of available resources.

As part of this work, two separate working groups are being established – one focused on supporting people to age, and the other on urgent and emergency care. An invitation is being extended to people with interest or some expertise in either area to come forward and serve on one of the groups.

Once registered, members of these groups will attend a series of planned meetings to take forward this work.

Supporting People to Age

Transforming Health and Social Care in Wigtownshire programme manager Lynda McKie said: “Services in Wigtownshire face considerable pressures, due to challenges around recruitment and retention of staff, funding and general service sustainability.

“The Transforming Wigtownshire programme recognises that new approaches and new ways of thinking are required in order to create safe, sustainable models of health and social care which make the best use of all available resources.

“Dumfries and Galloway as a whole has an increasingly ageing population, and this is felt particularly acutely within Wigtownshire.

“As a priority, we are looking at how people can be supported to age within the community, establishing a working group to take forward this work.

“If anyone would like to participate in this working group, we’d very much encourage them to register by emailing Lynda.mckie1@nhs.net or telephone 01776 707737.”

Details of meetings for the Supporting People to Age working group are as follows…

Thursday January 24, 11 am to 2 pm, Wigtown County Building, Wigtown.

Thursday February 19, 11 am to 2 pm, Activity Room, Stranraer Library, Stranraer

Tuesday March 19, 11 am to 2 pm, To Be Confirmed.

Tuesday April 16, 11 am to 2 pm, To Be Confirmed.

Tuesday May 21, 11 am to 2 pm, To Be Confirmed.

Tuesday June 18, 11 am to 2 pm, To Be Confirmed.

Urgent and Emergency Care

Transforming Health and Social Care in Wigtownshire programme manager Lynda McKie said: “There are ongoing challenges to the model of urgent and emergency care within Wigtownshire.

“In a rural area like this, it’s important that people know where and how they can access the services they need, and that those services are properly designed to meet those needs and ensure the best outcomes.

“The Transforming Wigtownshire Programme now provides an opportunity to work with the local community to review the structure we have in place, and to look at how safe and sustainable services can be delivered for in the long-term.

“It could be someone with an existing expertise around urgent and emergency care, or someone who has experienced these services, but we’d welcome anyone with any interest in this field to get in touch if they are interested in playing a role on this working group.

“We would ask that in the first instance they register to attend by emailing Lynda.mckie1@nhs.net or call  01776 707737.”

Details for the first meeting of the Urgent and Emergency Care working group are as follows… Friday February 15, 10 am to 12.30 am, GP rooms 1 & 2, Ryan Centre, Stranraer