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The Future is bright for joint working between the NHS and Scottish Local Government COSLA said today. ...
The Future is bright for joint working between the NHS and Scottish Local Government COSLA said today.

Welcoming an Audit Scotland report on the management of Community Equipment and Aids and Adaptations (see LGCnet), COSLA's social work spokesperson Eric Jackson said: 'The Audit Scotland report is timely and will serve as a useful overview of current practice but action plans are already in place to address many of the issues the report throws up.

'The report basically tells us what social work and housing professionals have always known, that keeping people active in their communities is what is best for the individual as well as the wider community and that is exactly what Scottish local government has been doing well for a number of years.'

Councillor Jackson highlighted the forthcoming 'Better Outcomes for Older People' report which is due for publication before the end of the year, saying: 'Far from waiting for audit work, COSLA, the Scottish Executive and the NHS have been, under the collective umbrella of 'Joint Future', developing a Framework for Joint Services for Older People which will cover a wider range of joint working possibilities than just aids and adaptations.'

Co-chairs of the group that has written the report as part of the Joint Future Initiative, Alexis Jay, West Dunbartonshire Council and Ian Reid, Greater Glasgow Primary Care Division concluded: 'Local government and the NHS are fully aware of the potential of joint working and indeed have been engaged in joint activities for years which are, day in and day out, delivering improved services for clients.

'Our Framework which will shortly be endorsed by the COSLA president and deputy minister for health and community care will signal the beginning of a collective push to see services improved even further over the long-term.'


1. The Purpose of the, 'Better Outcomes for Older People - Framework For Joint Services for Older People' is to encourage the development and mainstreaming of joint services, which form one element of a wide range of joint activities now in place across Scotland.

2. The Framework is designed to become a major tool in Scottish Local Government and the Scottish Executive's shared endeavour to assist older people to lead more independent lives and have more personal control over their lifestyles, care and environment.

North Lanarkshire Council and NHS Lanarkshire: Joint Equipment Service

3. The Joint Equipment service is jointly funded. There is a single manager who reports to the Joint Partnership Board. Staff are employed by the Council, and some transferred from NHS Lanarkshire. The Service consists of a Joint Store, which undertakes procurement, storage, delivery, uplift, cleaning and recycling of equipment, a support and advice facility providing information on a wide range of disability issues, and a mobile unit, which takes elements of service to outlying areas.

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