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Interim executive chief officer for health and social care appointed by Highland Council


By Val Sweeney

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Highland Council has appointed an interim executive chief officer for health and social care.
Highland Council has appointed an interim executive chief officer for health and social care.

Highland Council has appointed Fiona Malcolm as interim executive chief officer with immediate effect for health and social care, pending recruitment of a permanent postholder which is currently taking place.

A qualified solicitor, she has worked within the legislative and policy frameworks in place for both children’s care and adult social care since joining the council in 2001.

Over the last 12 months, Ms Malcolm has worked closely with NHS Highland as the council’s interim head of integration adult social care.

This role has included a review of the unique partnership agreement for adult and children services throughout the Highland area.

Cllr Linda Munro, health, social care and wellbeing committee chairwoman, welcomed Ms. Malcolm’s appointment.

"I am pleased to announce Fiona will be stepping into the interim executive chief officer role, to lead on the partnership working with NHS Highland to achieve outstanding levels of care and outcomes for care homes, adults, care at home, learning disability and integrated children’s services," she said.

"Health and social care is central to building sustainable, connected communities for the Highlands.

"This executive chief officer post is key in driving this forward."

Ms Malcolm said: "I strongly believe that in order to deliver successful outcomes to all users of health and social care service there needs to be strong partnership working with all the key stakeholders which will involve the staff, members, NHS Highland and other key agencies including Police and the independent sector.

"Relationships need to be consolidated to deliver quality services to our communities across Highland."

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