Ini­tia­tive set to ex­pand its in­te­gral role in help­ing out com­mu­ni­ties

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY LIND­SEY HAMILTON

AN award-win­ning project aimed at pro­vid­ing ad­vice on wel­fare and fi­nan­cial is­sues is set to be ex­tended in Dundee.

Dundee City Coun­cil scooped the Chair­man’s Award at the 2017 Cosla Ex­cel­lence Awards last week for a scheme that sees wel­fare rights ad­vis­ers based i n five city GP surg­eries.

The ad­vis­ers have be­come an in­te­gral part of ser­vices pro­vided to pa­tients, ad­dress­ing so­cio-eco­nomic con­cerns and al­low­ing GPs and other health pro­fes­sion­als to con­cen­trate more on clin­i­cal needs.

The scheme has proven so suc­cess­ful that there are plans al­ready in place to take the ser­vice to fur­ther GP prac­tices in Dundee.

While the ac­tual lo­ca­tions are still not be­ing dis­closed, Craig Ma­son, se­nior man­ager for the coun­cil’s ad­vice ser­vices, said they would be in place no later than March — per­haps sooner.

Mr Ma­son said the coun­cil was

Wel­fare rights ad­viser Fay Costello and the team with their award.

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