RUTHERGLEN/CAMBUSLANG and the Northern Corridor will be part of new integrated local health service arrangements from 1 April 2009.
The new management arrangements will ensure the most effective set up is in place to plan and develop high quality health services in the future.
Health staff in both areas will transfer from the employment of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to NHS Lanarkshire from 1 April. However, patients will continue to see their same GP and be referred to the same hospitals as at present.
Rutherglen and Cambuslang Locality already lies within South Lanarkshire Community Health Partnership (CHP), which is managed by NHS Lanarkshire.
The Northern Corridor - which includes Stepps, Chryston, Muirhead, Moodiesburn, Gartcosh and Auchinloch in the North East - is already part of North Locality within the North Lanarkshire CHP. It is also managed by NHS Lanarkshire.
Director of South Lanarkshire CHP Alan Lawrie said: “We are delighted to welcome the staff of Rutherglen/Cambuslang and the Northern Corridor to NHS Lanarkshire. These new arrangements will allow both areas to be fully integrated with the rest of their CHP bringing a wide range of benefits.
“For patients it is important to realise that from 1 April they will continue to access local health services just as they do now. That means their GP will remain the same and, when required, they will still be referred to the same NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde services and hospitals.”
Director of North Lanarkshire CHP Colin Sloey said: “These changes will allow us to operate more effectively to improve the health of the people of Rutherglen/Cambuslang and Northern Corridor in a planned and consistent fashion.
“In particular, they will ensure we have a CHP-wide approach to planning and developing local health services and facilities, managing child protection, delivering staff training and further strengthening links with the local authorities and other partners.“
The two health boards agreed in early 2008 that NHS Lanarkshire would manage local health services on NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s behalf as fully integrated parts of the two CHPs.
In reaching the decision, the proposals were discussed with the local Public Partnership Forums, staff, GPs and other stakeholders and all views expressed were taken on board. The changes were taken forward in partnership with the staff side organisations representing these staff at both area and locality level.
Following the change over, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will still retain overall responsibility for the Rutherglen and Cambuslang Locality and the Northern Corridor. Both areas will remain within the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde boundary.
Operational responsibility for local budgets, staff and contracts with other health professionals such as GPs transfer to NHS Lanarkshire. For staff there is no change to their pay and conditions, place of employment or nature of job.
Community Health Partnerships were introduced in 2006 to manage community health services and develop closer working between health, social care and hospital-based services.
Their main aim is to improve long-term health and well-being and to improve health and social care services for the population. It was felt this would be best achieved if they had the same boundaries as local authorities.
Rutherglen and Cambuslang are within South Lanarkshire Council’s area. They were therefore included in the South Lanarkshire CHP. The Northern Corridor was included in North Lanarkshire CHP was it is within North Lanarkshire Council’s area.