The integration of health and social care is the Scottish Government’s programme of reform to improve services for people who use health and social care services.
Two health and social care partnerships cover the Forth Valley area – one for Falkirk and one for Clackmannanshire and Stirling – each be led by an Integration Joint Board (IJB) which includes carer representation.
Following a recruitment process involving the two partnerships, the Carers Centre and other local organisations, carer Elizabeth Ramsay was appointed as the carer representative for Clackmannanshire and, pending the appointment of a carer representative to the Falkirk IJB, Claire Crossan from the Carers Centre attends IJB meetings.
Claire Crossan, Falkirk
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.
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Elizabeth Ramsay, Clackmannanshire
Elizabeth Ramsay cared for her mother, who has dementia, for five years, prior to her entering residential care. She also cared for her father.
She is a member of the Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre Board and regularly attends a variety of carers meetings and has contact with carers in different circumstances.
Elizabeth, who lives in Alloa, is a retired secondary school teacher and worked for many years at Alva Academy teaching business studies and guidance.
She has a keen interest in the impact any services changes have on Clackmannanshire residents and feels carers have an important contribution to make to the Integration Joint Board.
Click here for more information on Stirling & Clackmannanshire Health and Social Care Partnership.