The findings of a Joint Inspection of Services for Older People in Angus have been welcomed this week by Angus Council and NHS Tayside.
The inspection was carried out by Care Inspectorate and Health Improvement Scotland between April and June 2014 and identified many positive aspects of the adult health and social care services provided in the county.
Positive outcomes for the majority of service users are highlighted, along with high levels of satisfaction, good partnership working in localities and positive engagement with staff.
The areas identified for improvement are now being addressed by the Shadow Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board for Angus.
Work is already under way to improve support provided to people declared medically fit and help them return to their homes more quickly while the range of support allowing people to remain at home is also being increased.
Iain Gaul, council leader, said the inspection was carried out when the authority was in the early stages of preparations for integration of health and social care services although “considerable and significant progress” has been made since then.
Since the inspection the draft scheme of integration has been prepared; the strategic planning group has been established; and through the Shadow Integration Board, Angus Council and NHS Tayside are managing the project plan for integration.
The inspection report is available online.