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Key milestone for health and social care partnership

Published Friday, 17 November 2017

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Partnership working in South Lanarkshire is being brought into sharp focus - with the launch of their new website.

South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s (SLHSCP) all new user-friendly platform – to be found at – has been set up to provide a wealth of information, news and essential links.

SLHSCP’s Director of Health and Social Care, Val de Souza, explained that the online presence marks a key milestone. She said: “The public-facing website has been developed, first and foremost, as a tool and resource to facilitate our vision: working together to improve health and wellbeing in the community – with the community.

A lot of the vibrant content already on the website, which includes various films, exemplifies how we are supporting people across South Lanarkshire – and crucially how they are being empowered and supported to make a real difference to their own lives.

The pages provide details, for example, on the partnership’s Building and Celebrating Communities programme, which has been established to explore how SLHSCP can generate more space for communities to create the things that matter to them - and how the partnership can support these activities.

There’s information on how to get involved in shaping local health and social care services, via the South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Forum as well as detail on the services run by the partnership.

As well as links to partner organisations, and how to get in touch, the website provides all relevant papers and documents relating to the Integration Joint Board.”

Ms de Souza, who writes a regular blog which is also published on the website, added: “We are committed to listening to people in communities. Our partnership is also focused, particularly coming into the winter, on informing the public about the range of health and wellbeing support and services that are in place in their local areas – and how the public can access primary, community and hospital care, when appropriate.

"One of the key aims of the website will be to provide a source of information as we pursue some of the common objectives and strategic aims of the partnership. This includes, the health and social care delivery plan which sets out priority themes around shifting the balance of care from hospital settings to community-based alternatives, where appropriate.

"We will also document how we are pursuing and meeting the nine national health and wellbeing outcomes. These have been set out by the Scottish Government and detail what health and social care partners are attempting to achieve in the pursuit of quality improvement.

"Ultimately, the website is an exciting resource as it’s reflective of the breadth and vibrancy of our partnership. It will also provide a portal to all relevant information on health and social care and we look forward to see it developing in tandem with our work with communities and partners.”