New Chairman of the Integration Joint Board (IJB)

Cllr Kenny John Macleod

Cllr Kenny John Macleod has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Integration Joint Board (IJB) which oversees a wide range of Health and Social Care Services in the Western Isles. Kenny John is also the Comhairle’s Chairman of Communities and Housing. Ian Burgess, a non-executive Director from NHS Western Isles and a member of the IJB since its inception, was appointed Vice-Chairman.

Outgoing Chairman of the IJB, Neil Galbraith, said: "The past two years have seen a new era of partnership working and effective decision making about transforming health and social care services during financially challenging times. Effective partnership arrangements are vital if we are to meet the challenges of providing Health and Social care services for our communities whether that be in relation to mental health redesign or the development of new services for frail older people. That partnership has seen a number of key achievements including reducing the number of people delayed in hospital by two thirds over the last nine months; we have been supporting collaboration between GP practices through a new ‘Quality Cluster’ approach, which helps to share best practice in improving patient care; and we have supported more people with disabilities back from mainland placements to live in their own communities. The IJB is rightly proud of these achievements which are improving the lives of people in our communities. I wish Kenny John every success in building on the work of the past two years."

New IJB Chairman Kenny John Macleod said: "We face major challenges - tighter resources, growing demand for services and more complex care. However these challenges reinforce the importance and value of effective partnership working. I am looking forward to working with fellow Board Members and colleagues and there a number of new initiatives which we will be working on. These include building on the redesign of our home care service; the development of a new intermediate care service, which focuses on rehabilitation after time in hospital; and redesigning mental health services to support more people on their recovery journey. Working together we can meet the challenges of providing modern Health and Social Care services and improve the lives of service users and their families across the Western Isles."