Scottish minister Iain Gray has launched a joint social work and
health board to integrate all community care services in Perth and
Perth and Kinross Assessment and Care Team (Pact) has been given
£1 million by the Scottish executive through the Invest to
Save initiative, and was established to totally integrate all
social work and health community care services.
The new board links Perth and Kinross Council, Tayside Health
Board and Tayside Primary Care Trust in the direct management of
services and sharing budgets. There will be a single administrative
and information system shared by all staff.
Gray, who is deputy minister for community care, said: "The
Scottish executive views this as a crucial scheme, which could
determine the future of working for health and social care services
The joint board is being funded by the three partner agencies.
While having some autonomy it will perform only those functions
that current legislation allows.
Legal accountability will remain with the parent bodies while
duties will be devolved to Pact. The main areas of service covered
by Pact will include services to adults and older people, elements
of housing and planning, mental health, learning difficulties, and
community health care.
Harry Robertson, chief executive of Perth and Kinross Council,
said: "This innovative scheme has seen all three organisations put
aside narrow service and departmental interests to meet the genuine
needs of the client."