New chief officer for Argyll and Bute health

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Joanna Macdonald has been appointed as chief officer for Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership.

Joanna was previously director of adult social care for NHS Highland within the Highland Council area and she has also worked previously for Argyll and Bute Council as a manager in adult services.

Joanna said: ‘I was really pleased to be appointed as chief officer for the Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership.

‘I started in post in September and in the few weeks I have been here I have already been very impressed by the dedication of HSCP staff and our partner organisations and the high standard of services they provide for the people of Argyll and Bute.

‘They are working tirelessly every day in our hospitals, residential homes and communities to provide the best quality care to adults and children in need of our care and support.

‘I know Argyll and Bute is an amazing place to live and work but I am also well aware of the challenges involved in delivering health and social care services in such a remote and rural area.

‘We are also facing significant financial pressures and this was outlined at our Integration Joint Board meeting on September 26 when it was highlighted that we are currently facing a projected overspend of £4.2 million for this financial year.

‘Our goal is to continue to deliver the best health and social care services for the people in Argyll and Bute.

‘I am looking forward to working with staff, the public, stakeholders and elected members to make sure that we can continue to make a real positive difference to the lives of the people in Argyll and Bute.’