In July 2018 a steering group was formed to implement the Sir Lewis Ritchie report into Out-of-Hours (OOH) care in Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross.
The group consists of community representatives, local practitioners, staff from NHS Highland, NHS24 and the emergency services. The Scottish Ambulance Service is also working with the project and is a key player. This process was established to ensure that the local community has an opportunity to take an active role in the design of local health and social care services.
In September 2018, in response to the rapidly increasing workload faced by community representatives, Portree and Braes Community Trust formed a Health Services Subgroup. Together with community representatives they developed a proposal for a part time Project Officer to provide administrative and communications support to the community. Members of the group submitted an application to Struan Community Trust, Edinbane Community Company and Dunvegan Community Trust for funding to support this post and were delighted that trusts unanimously agreed to support the request.
The main objective of the role is to ensure that north Skye communities are kept up to date on the progress of the project and to support community representatives to liaise with relevant individuals, groups and agencies re: service improvements. Since funding has been approved PBCT have gone on to appoint a Project Support Officer who will start in February 2019. The Trust are incredibly grateful to Edinbane Community Company, Dunvegan Trust and Struan Community Trust for getting behind this project. The need for this project to be delivered successfully is widely acknowledged and all four trusts were keen to invest in the community members who can make that happen.
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