Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Hopes Covid-19 lessons can help revamp of spiraling social care costs in Moray

Shona Morrison, vice-chairwoman of Health and Social Care Morays integrated joint board.
Shona Morrison, vice-chairwoman of Health and Social Care Morays integrated joint board.

Hopes have been raised that lessons learned during the coronavirus pandemic will help control spiralling care budgets in Moray.

Health and Social Care Moray has reported a £3million overspend for 2019/20 after initially expecting the books to be balanced.

Forecasts predict the overspend will continue into next year due to the pandemic affecting progress with a recovery and transformation plan to revamp services.

However, it is hoped the rapidly changing crisis has also provided opportunities for the organisation, which is a partnership jointly-funded by Moray Council and NHS Grampian, to learn how to tailor care for the future.

Shona Morrison, vice-chairwoman of the organisation’s integrated joint board (IJB), said: “One of the big things to have come from this Covid-19 time is that communities have really stepped up and the response has been phenomenal.

“We’re really grateful for that, going forward we might look at how to harness that and see how it could fit in with health and social care.

“There’s been more focus on digital services, which have been essential during this time and could play a big role in the future, particularly in rural parts of Moray and for people working two or three jobs.

“A lot of work was done at the beginning of the pandemic to free up beds in hospital too, which may also have benefits because there are advantages of getting care at home or close to home when it is appropriate.”

Reports produced for Health and Social Care Moray’s IJB reported the overspend on the £120million annual budget was reduced by a £960,000 grant from the Scottish Government.

The remaining balance will be covered by NHS Grampian paying £1.3million and Moray Council paying £760,000 on top of the payments already made by both at the start of the financial year.

The biggest overspend reported was in the care and assessment of pensioners and those with sensory disabilities, which went £1.8million above target.

Officers report the trend was an indication of the shifting trend for people to remain in their own homes for longer.

Learning disability support was overspent by £418,000 with community hospitals reporting a £370,000 overspend amid continuing staffing concerns.

In a report produced by Moray Council’s principal accountant Deborah O’Shea and NHS Grampian’s finance manager Bob Sivewright, warnings were made that the pandemic would delay savings expected to be made this year.

It states: “Whilst the 2020/21 revenue budget position presented a balanced budget position, it has been highlighted that due to the current pandemic, there are risks to the delivery of the recovery and transformation plan inherent in the budget setting.

“The estimated underachievement of savings has already been reported to Scottish Government and the senior management team are actively addressing the emerging situation to implement alternative measures to limit the financial pressure.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]