Feedback sought on Orkney health masterplan

‘Stretched’ resources mean ‘different ways of working’ needed, officials say

Monday 20th May 2019

Health bosses in Orkney are asking locals what they think of a new masterplan for health and social care services on the isles for the next three years.

Orkney health and care (OHAC) says it has to ‘develop different ways of working’ because of ‘stretched resources’ and increasing numbers of older people who will need healthcare.

The overall aim is to help Orcadians ‘live longer, healthier and more independent lives’.

Sally Shaw, who heads OHAC, says: “The plan sets out the principles and approaches which will shape all that we do in delivering services that are of huge importance to people throughout our community.”

She continued: “It describes new approaches to health and social care we are keen to develop with support from people, groups and organisations in Orkney. We need to develop different ways of working, with demand for our services continually increasing – and this just one area we are keen to gather feedback on.”

Current health and care services are too ‘labour intensive’, the document says, before warning ‘we will not be able to support such models with an adequate number of staff to safely operate them in the future.’

The solution, health bosses believe, is to have more people get support outside of hospitals, through community or charity groups.

Ms Shaw added: “We’d also like to know what folk think of the vision, values and priorities we set out in the plan. I would encourage you to take a look and get in touch with us with your comments. You will be helping us make a difference to people’s lives.”