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New HSCP interim officer appointed


An interim chief officer for Argyll and Bute’s health and social care partnershi­p (HSCP) has been appointed – but the position remains to be filled on a permanent basis.

Fiona Davies, currently mental health lead for NHS Highland, will become chief officer of the partnershi­p on an interim basis from Tuesday May 4, replacing Joanna MacDonald.

Interviews held for the post on Thursday March 25 failed to find a permanent successor, with the panel deciding not to make an appointmen­t.

The recruitmen­t process will be re-run, but Ms Davies could hold the interim post for up to a year, the HSCP has said.

Ms MacDonald, who was appointed in 2018, has left to take up a social care role with the Scottish Government.

A spokespers­on said: ‘Interviews were carried out to appoint a new chief officer and a number of candidates with a wide range of experience were interviewe­d by the recruitmen­t panel.

‘The panel has, however, decided not to appoint to the post at this time. This was a difficult decision but they considered that it was the right one for the organisati­on.

‘A further recruitmen­t process will be undertaken to recruit a new chief officer on a permanent basis.

‘Until this recruitmen­t process is concluded, it has been agreed that an intermedia­te term interim chief officer will be appointed for a period of up to one year to provide leadership for the HSCP, progress our ambitious transforma­tion programme and to ensure a continued focus on culture.

‘We are therefore delighted to welcome Fiona Davies to the role as Interim Chief Officer. Fiona, who will take up post on May 4, is currently mental health lead for NHS Highland and brings with her a wide range of experience and knowledge and we look forward to welcoming her to Argyll and Bute.’

The spokespers­on added: ‘Until Fiona’s arrival, George Morrison, deputy chief officer, will lead our experience­d senior team ensuring that the positive progress that has been made in recent years continues without interrupti­on. We are grateful to him for once again stepping up to provide cover and continuity.

‘When Fiona commences in post, George will continue as deputy chief officer and in his critical role of providing leadership of our finance and transforma­tion agenda as we remobilise, recover and redesign.’

The HSCP’s integratio­n joint board (IJB) is also set to welcome a new chairperso­n at its next meeting, with Sarah Compton-Bishop replacing Oban North and Lorn independen­t councillor Kieron Green.

The IJB is due to meet next on Wednesday June 16.

 ??  ?? Oban councillor Kieron Green is stepping down as chairman of the IJB.
Oban councillor Kieron Green is stepping down as chairman of the IJB.

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