Health chiefs in Moray have launched 10-year strategic plan which aims to improve the wellbeing of people of all ages in the region.
The long-term “masterplan” is comprised of three themes which have been carefully developed by Health and Social Care Moray.
Chairman of the Moray Integration Joint Board, Jonathan Passmore, and chief officer of Health and Social Care Moray Pam Dudek helmed a meeting on the scheme yesterday.
Speaking from her 40 years’ experience of working in healthcare, Mrs Dudek said it was important for the plan’s success that there was “compassion and collaboration” between the local partnership, social workers, medical professionals and the people they care for.
The plan has a strong focus on early intervention and helping people stay healthy and independent – which will inevitably relieve the strain on healthcare services.
The first theme is centred around self-management in terms of mental wellbeing and changing the region’s relationship with alcohol.
“Home first” is the second theme, which aims to drastically reduce the period of time people spend in hospitals.
The final theme looks to change the relationship with people who require health services, their families and carers and encourage them to make informed choices about the care they receive.
Mrs Dudek acknowledged the difficulties of limited resources, lack of finances and increased demand within the healthcare services that the partnership will encounter along the way.
But she said they all had “ambition and passion” to try and get the right outcomes for the people of Moray.
She added: “We’re in a world that’s really tough and has challenges that most of us have never experienced at this level before so that’s a challenging arena to try and operate within.
“I often use the phrase; we’re trying to fly the plane at the same time we’re trying to redesign it.
“I’m very pleased with this plan and I really hope we can achieve our ambition.”