Welcome from Maggie Cunningham, Independent Facilitator
Sir Lewis Ritchie has carried out an independent review of the sustainability of Out of Hours services in Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross, particularly in North Skye, Raasay and Glenelg.
The Report from this review sets out recommendations for improvement of these, and related, services. NHS Highland have accepted the findings of the report, and an implementation project in now in hand. Minutes from Workstream meetings are now being posted on the site so that you can keep up with what is happening. You can find these under "Workstreams" on the main menu.
This website has been launched to make information on the project widely available as well as providing links to related reports and information. We would very much welcome more detailed information or enquiries through the Contact us facility.
A key recommendation was that service development and delivery must be done in partnership with the people of the area. To assist in delivering this, I have been appointed as an Independent Facilitator for the project, focusing on aspects of the review relating to North Skye. I replace David Noble, who has stood down for reasons unrelated to the programme. Everyone involved with the Ritchie report implementation is very grateful for the important work that David has done for us and we offer him our thanks and best wishes.
Dr Miles Mack has been appointed specifically to facilitate service development for Glenelg, Arnisadale and Raasay.
Welcome from Miles Mack, Independent Facilitator
I am very pleased to be able to offer my help to NHS Highland and to the communities of Glenelg and Raasay. I hope that, following a series of meetings, we will see the way towards a plan for the health care of these areas that has the confidence of the population and can be the basis for longer term solutions. Both areas are unique, with small, vibrant communities who are keen to develop and grow. Careful thought and collaboration are called for.