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.
Morven Mack, Falkirk
Morven is retired and is a family carer with a specific interest in mental health. She is a member of Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre and Falkirk & District Association for Mental Health.
Morven moved to Falkirk in 1984 where she initially employed as secretary and subsequently co-ordinator with Falkirk Local Health Council. After moving into the marketing environment within the construction industry she graduated with a BA Hons in Social Science through the Open University. She went on to manage the Distance Learning Programme at University of Strathclyde where she was responsible for recruiting and supporting students from Asia. Morven then returned to work in the health service as manager of the GP Out-of-Hours service, ultimately being employed by NHS Forth Valley when responsibility for the these services transferred to the NHS Board. Her personal interests are history, philosophy, current affairs (which she pursues through the U3A), writing, hill walking and gardening.
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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.
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