The Integration Joint Board for Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership is made up of representatives from Falkirk Council, NHS Forth Valley, Third Sector representatives, service users and carers. The Integration Joint Board, through its Chief Officer, will have responsibility for the planning, resourcing and the operational oversight of a wide range of health and social care services.
Here we introduce members of the Integration Joint Board for the new Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership. Details of other members will be added as soon as they are confirmed.
Integration Joint Board Members
Julia Swan, NHS Forth Valley (Chair)
Mrs Julia Swan, Chair of NHS Forth Valley Board, started her career teaching O / A levels and vocational sciences to health professional students in Further Education.
Julia has worked in a number of local authorities in England providing services to disabled and disadvantaged children and young people in partnership with other services, including health. She has also led on establishing a number of innovative services such as integrated language support services and services for children and young people with autism.
Her most recent role was as Director of Education in Falkirk where she had a lead role in setting up coordinated children’s services and chairing the Forth Valley Regional GIRFEC group. During this time Julia also contributed to the development of the national Early Years Framework, chairing a task group and sitting on the main board. She have also contributed to national developments related to looked after children through LAC Strategic Implementation Group.
Councillor Allyson Black (Vice Chair)
Allyson has been a Councillor for the last 10 years, and has served as Depute Provost and Depute Leader of Falkirk Council. She served as Chair of the Falkirk Integration Joint Board for two years and is currently the Vice Chair. Formerly a staff nurse in Bellsdyke Hospital and Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary. Allyson has also been a full time carer.
Alex Linkston, NHS Forth Valley
Alex Linkston, NHS Forth Valley’s Chairman, is a former Chief Executive of West Lothian Council and under his leadership the Council won many awards for excellent customer service. He was awarded the Quality Scotland’s Leadership Award in 2007.
In 2008 he was awarded a CBE and in 2009 he was the Prince’s Trust Scottish Volunteer of the Year. He is currently Chair of Youth Link Scotland, Vice Chair of West Lothian College and a member of the Scottish Council of the Prince’s Trust.
Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn, Falkirk Council
First elected to Falkirk Council in 2007, and became SNP Group Leader in 2012, and is currently Leader of Falkirk. I have a broad experienced of working within health and social care both the voluntary and public sector prior to being elected including being a carer for over 20 years. I have continued to work within the sector in my capacity as an non Executive Board Member of the Care Inspectorate from its amalgamation of the 3 constituent regulatory bodies in 2011 and remained a Board member until June 2017. I have has also worked with Transport Scotland as a member of the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland improving transport options for disable people and I am currently a non executive Board member of the Scottish Ambulance Service. I am committed to taking forward the integration of health and social care and working towards improving the health and wellbeing of those who live and work within Falkirk and its districts.
Dr Michele McClung, NHS Forth Valley
Michele McClung is a Non-Executive Board Member for NHS Forth Valley and has over 20 years of public sector experience in a policy and research environment. She has worked in both Stirling Council and Falkirk Council and is now employed by Education Services within Glasgow City Council, where she leads a team providing strategic support to the Directorate.
Michele has been a member of Falkirk and Central Scotland Samaritans and is a member of the national board of Trustees which is responsible for the governance of all Samaritan branches throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Michele’s key areas of interest include mental health, poverty and inequality.
Councillor Fiona Collie, Falkirk Council
Councillor Fiona Collie is Councillor for the Denny & Banknock ward and is Portfolio Holder for Health & Social Care. Fiona has worked in both paid and volunteer roles within the third sector for most of her career in a wide range of roles including policy development, campaigning, advice and support. She combines her council role with employment with the charity Carers Scotland and is also on the volunteer board of a charity providing support to carers of people affected by HIV-AIDS.
Membership by Virtue of Office
Patricia Cassidy, Chief Officer
Patricia originally trained as a nurse and has worked with a number of health boards in a variety of roles including health education and health promotion. She was also a visiting specialist lecturer in health studies and community nursing at Glasgow Caledonian University and has worked in a number of national roles with sportsscotland, the Scottish Consumer Council and the Health Education Board for Scotland.
After joining Aberdeen City Council in 2010, Patricia worked in a number of senior positions before moving to Inverclyde Council in 2014 where she was Corporate Director for Education, Communities and Organisational Development.
Amanda Templeman, Chief Finance Officer
After studying Archaeology at Glasgow University, Amanda became a Trainee Auditor with Audit Scotland in 2000, later moving to the same role in KPMG. After auditing a range of public sector organisations, including Local Authorities and NHS bodies, Amanda moved to Falkirk Council to work as a Systems Accountant before becoming Capital, Treasury and Insurance Manager for the Council. Whilst working at the Council, Amanda was also a temporary lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University. Amanda then took on the role of Acting Depute Chief Finance Officer for Falkirk Council and was part of the Finance Workstream tasked with helping to set up the IJB. Amanda became the Chief Finance Officer for the Falkirk IJB in July 2017.
Mary Pitcaithly, Chief Executive, Falkirk Council
Mary Pitcaithly OBE, Chief Executive of Falkirk Council, has worked in local government since 1980 and has been Chief Executive of Falkirk Council since 1998.
After studying law at Edinburgh University, Mary worked in private practice before joining the public sector. As Head of Paid Service for the Council, she leads a workforce of around 7500, serving a population of c160,000 and has responsibility for a budget of c£350m per annum.
Mary is a former Chair of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SoLACE) Scotland and has represented local government on a number of national bodies, including the Resilience Advisory Board for Scotland. She was a member of the Arbuthnott Commission set up by the Secretary of State for Scotland and the First Minister to consider boundary differences and voting systems in Scotland. She is currently Convener of the Electoral Management Board for Scotland and was Chief Counting Officer for the Scottish Independence Referendum in September 2014.
Cathie Cowan, Chief Executive, NHS Forth Valley
Cathie originally trained as a nurse at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow in the 1980s and worked in a variety of nursing roles before moving to Perth in 1990, initially to take up post as a Clinical Nurse Manager at Perth Royal Infirmary and later as Clinical Services and Business Manager for the former Perth and Kinross NHS Trust. In 1995, she was appointed Director of Nursing, Patient Services and Planning for Kirkcaldy NHS Trust and then Director of Service Development and Capacity Planning for the Fife NHS Board.
Cathie returned to Glasgow in 2005 to take up post as the Director for the new South East Glasgow Community Health and Care Partnership before moving to Orkney in 2010 as the Chief Executive of NHS Orkney, Cathie also worked at this time as Executive Director at Orkney Islands Council and lead the integration of health and social care services before the appointment of Orkney’s Chief Officer.
Cathie has an MSc in Leadership (Quality Improvement), is a GenerationQ Fellow and a member of the Q Community, whose mission is to foster continuous and sustainable improvement in health and care.
Sara Lacey, Chief Social Work Officer
Sara Lacey is Head of Social Work Children’s Services and Chief Social Work Officer for Falkirk Council. Sara has worked in social care for 25 years and has been a qualified social worker since 1996. She has worked in a variety of practice and leadership roles within the local authority, third and independent sectors. Over the course of her career Sara has worked predominantly within children and families services; starting her management experience in a statutory support and protection team before moving on to provide preventative family support. Prior to coming to Falkirk Council Sara was the Managing Director of a national residential child care organisation and spent time overseas developing home based nursing services for people with critical health issues and at end of life. Sara’s current role as Head of Service includes responsibility for Criminal Justice Services. As Chief Social Work Officer Sara is a non-voting member of the IJB and a member of the Clinical and Care Governance Group.
Mr Andrew Murray, NHS Forth Valley
Andrew is Medical Director for NHS Forth Valley. He graduated from Glasgow University in 1988 and worked in Scotland and New Zealand until 2001, when he moved to NHS Ayrshire and Arran as a Consultant ENT surgeon, Clinical Director, Associate Medical Director and then Medical Director with NHS Borders before taking his current post of Medical Director at NHS Forth Valley.
Andrew is a founding member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and has led the redesign of a wide range of medical services. He has also developed and implemented new models of care across community and acute hospitals.
Dr David Herron, General Practitioner
David graduated from Manchester in 2002 and has been a GP Partner in a practice in Polmont since 2006. He is also involved in training medical students and GP Trainees and arranging educational events for GPs across Forth Valley. David chair’s NHS Forth Valley’s Local Medical Committee which provides advice on a wide range of issues affecting General Practice. He is also the GP Clinical Lead for the Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership.
Professor Angela Wallace, NHS Forth Valley
Ms Angela Wallace has dedicated her nursing career to the NHS in Scotland and brings over 20 years continuous service to her post.
Following extensive critical care charge nurse experience in Glasgow, she moved from her clinical specialist role, gaining her MBA. She quickly progressed through senior nurse posts, which included Senior Nurse Manager across a large medical, intermediate care, rehabilitation and care of older people directorate, and was then appointed Deputy Director of Nursing in NHS Fife. In late 2002, Ms Wallace came to NHS Forth Valley as Interim, and then Director of Nursing within the Acute Operating Division.
She was appointed Nurse Director for NHS Forth Valley in 2004, and is the professional head of Nursing and Midwifery. In addition she has a particular focus on Improving Patient Care, Safety and Experience and the involvement of patients in this work.
Angela is Executive Lead for Spiritual Care with NHS Forth Valley.
In December 2008 Angela was made an Honorary Professor in recognition for the development of Nursing and Midwifery and Improving Patient Experience by Stirling University, Department of Nursing.
Robert Clark, NHS Forth Valley
Robert began his career in NHS Forth Valley in 1985 working as a relief Plaster Technician and then moved to Theatres as a Theatre Orderly. He then undertook the Operating Department Practitioner course, qualified in 1989, and has worked in Theatres since then.
He has been involved in the Trade Union movement since 1985 and became a Unison steward in 1990. He has also served as Branch Secretary for the Stirling Royal Infirmary and latterly the Forth Valley Health branches of Unison.
Robert is a passionate believer in Partnership Working, fairness and equality and has served on NHS Forth Valley’s Acute Service’s Partnership Forum and the Area Partnership Forum for many years.
He is a strong supporter of the NHS and is committed to doing all he can to preserve this great institution to ensure it can continue to provide care to all, regardless of their income or social background.
Matt McGregor, Falkirk Council
Matt has worked for Falkirk Council Social Work since 2006 in a variety of settings including Mental Health, Adult Support and Protection and Community Care. Previously he worked in a Learning Disability team and was a Day Centre Officer. Matt is branch secretary of Unison in Falkirk and was previously Scottish Convener and UK Board Member for the British Association of Social Workers. He has a diploma in Social Work and in Higher Education. He is also a qualified Mental Health Officer.
Service User Representatives
Margo was born in Glasgow and has lived in Falkirk for over 40 years. She studied at Glasgow University graduating in Politics and Modern History and gained a post graduate qualification in economic history and media education. Margo has taught Modern Studies, tackling political issues nationally and internationally and concentrating on the depth study in health and social care. In addition, Margo has taught life skills courses to pupils, who previously lack motivation and success in the community.
After taking early retirement, Margo joined the local health council in Forth Valley taking on the task of monitoring services for patients. Margo is currently a member of the Patient Public Panel in Forth Valley Hospitals and of the PPF serving the interests of patients and carers in Falkirk.
In Forth Valley she was a lay reviewer visiting GP practices and currently serves on the RCGP P3 Patient Group looking at ways in which patients can become more involved in how practices serve their communities. She has been a public partner with Health Improvement Scotland for many years doing hospital visits, latterly as an HEI Inspector and a member of SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network) contributing to Patient Versions of Guidelines.
Margo passionately believes in equality for patients and carers and involving patients in decisions about their treatment and care and being communicated with in the provision of information and being consulted and fed back to on what they contribute.
Outside of health and social care her interests and commitments include being an active church member and a Season Ticket Holder at Falkirk Football Club.
Morven is retired and is a family carer with a specific interest in mental health. She is a member of Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre and Falkirk & District Association for Mental Health.
Morven moved to Falkirk in 1984 where she initially employed as secretary and subsequently co-ordinator with Falkirk Local Health Council. After moving into the marketing environment within the construction industry she graduated with a BA Hons in Social Science through the Open University. She went on to manage the Distance Learning Programme at University of Strathclyde where she was responsible for recruiting and supporting students from Asia. Morven then returned to work in the health service as manager of the GP Out-of-Hours service, ultimately being employed by NHS Forth Valley when responsibility for the these services transferred to the NHS Board. Her personal interests are history, philosophy, current affairs (which she pursues through the U3A), writing, hill walking and gardening.
Third Sector Representatives
Karen Herbert is the Chief Executive of CVS Falkirk, which is the Third Sector Interface organisation for the Falkirk area, where she took up post in August 2013.
Previously Karen held various roles at a similar organisation in Ayrshire. Karen is a qualified accountant, with Masters Degrees in Business and Social Enterprise. She is a past director of several social enterprises and mentor to several business owners, both in the voluntary and private sectors. She has long term interests in employability and older peoples’ services, and has volunteered for many years in palliative care environments.
Maureen has worked in the third sector for over forty years both as a volunteer and as a paid worker. Her career started as an Accounting Analyst with Burroughs Machines and she then retrained as a Community Education Worker, and latterly ran her own community consultancy business. Maureen was previously the Chief Officer of North Lanarkshire North CVS, where she successfully piloted the first CVS Health Development Project, and was later the finance director of Voluntary Health Scotland. Maureen has had several roles within the third sector and retired eight years ago but decided to return to work after three years. She now works part-time for Scottish Waterways Trust as a Fundraiser and Projects Officer. Part of her role is to develop health in and around Scotland’s canals highlighting how the canal network can improve physical and mental wellbeing.