Health and wellbeing activities and services were the focus of discussion at a recent meeting between the Brechin Healthcare Group (BHG) and NHS Tayside.
BHG is a community charity promoting and supporting good community health and wellbeing in the Brechin, Edzell and Glens area.
As part of NHS Tayside’s ongoing commitment to working in partnership with local communities, Chief Executive Grant Archibald and Chairman John Brown met with members of the group.
During the meeting, members of the BHG outlined their hopes to develop a community hub with the aim of offering local people access to additional health and wellbeing activities and services. The group is currently working on a Community Asset Transfer application to explore future use of Brechin Infirmary.
Community Asset Transfer Requests are part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, which introduced a right, for appropriately constituted community bodies, to make requests to all local authorities, Scottish Ministers and a wide ranging list of other public bodies for any land or buildings they feel they could make better use of. They can request ownership, lease or other rights, as they wish.
Grant Archibald said the meeting with BHG was very productive. He said, “We welcomed the opportunity to meet with members of the BHG and take part in the discussions. The meeting provided a useful opportunity to discuss the potential additional health and wellbeing activities that the group would be keen to offer in the community. NHS Tayside is committed to working with our local communities, groups and organisations, including BHG, to discuss health and care delivery across the region.”
John Brown added, “I was pleased to meet with members of the BHG and highlighted the importance of involving all partners in discussions. Following the meeting with NHS Tayside, the BHG now plan to take steps to engage further with Angus Health and Social Care Partnership Integration Joint Board (IJB) as the delegated authority for the delivery of health and social care services in Angus.”
Grahame Lockhart, Chairman of Brechin Healthcare Group, said, “We were very pleased to meet with Mr Brown and Mr Archibald and welcomed the opportunity to share with them our proposals for a community-owned and run health and wellbeing hub. Their positive and constructive feedback was greatly appreciated.
“As BHG progresses with its Community Asset Transfer request of the Brechin Infirmary site we look forward to working collaboratively with Angus IJB in developing a social prescribing programme which will benefit all in our community.”