Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership appoints new Head of Integration

Chief officer for the Partnership, Patricia Cassidy has announced the appointment of a new Head of Integration following Lorraine Paterson’s retirement. Gail Woodcock will join the HSCP senior leadership team in August.

Gail has over 28 years’ experience working within local authority, community, and health and social care settings. She joins the Partnership from adult social care provider Bon Accord Care, where she had overall responsibility for the delivery of services as Interim Managing Director.

Her career also spans significant roles at Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership. Gail is a former chair of the Health and Social Care Scotland Strategic Commissioning Group. She has expertise in managing transformation projects, having previously established locality working within Aberdeen City and implemented improvement plans covering primary care, mental health, and digital services.

Commenting on the appointment, the Partnership’s Chief Officer, Patricia Cassidy said: “Gail brings a wealth of experience in the delivery of health and social care services and has a proven track record of delivering positive outcomes for the communities she has served.

“This appointment comes at a pivotal moment for the Partnership as we prepare to undertake several service reviews and large improvement projects, such as a major redevelopment of the Falkirk Community Hospital site.

“I am sure Gail will provide the inclusive and collaborative leadership needed to deliver high quality services for the people of Falkirk.”

Gail says: “I feel extremely honoured to take on this exciting opportunity. I look forward to working with new colleagues and partners to continue the innovative and transformative work that the Partnership has progressed so far.”

Serving a local population of over 160,000 across rural and urban communities, Falkirk HSCP is responsible for the strategic planning, commissioning and operational oversight of community health and social care services.