A nurse who has specialised in treating people with alcohol and drug addictions has been given a key leadership appointment by a scheme to integrate health and social care.
Annemargaret Black has been appointed as the new chief officer of the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership.
“Throughout my career I have worked with local people, voluntary organisations and partner agencies”
Designed to promote service integration, the scheme is a joint partnership between NHS Forth Valley, Clackmannanshire and Stirling Councils.
The new partnership arrangements were introduced in 2016 to deliver adult health and social care services.
Ms Black, who is currently the head of community health and care for the East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, will take up the role in Summer 2019.
She trained as a nurse in Glasgow, specialising in providing treatment and support to people affected by drug and alcohol addictions.
She has worked in a variety of frontline addictions services for many years as a practitioner, in management and as a professional lead for nursing.
After that, she became head of mental health and partnerships/lead nurse advisor and then head of primary and community services for the former East Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnership.
In 2014, Ms Black was appointed to her current role at the East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership.
Commenting on her new role she said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to the post of chief officer for the new Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership.
“Throughout my career I have worked with local people, voluntary organisations and partner agencies to improve the way health and social care services are designed and delivered, particularly for some of the most vulnerable groups in our society,” she said.
“This has included the development of care home, addictions, mental health and adult protection services as well as specific work to tackle loneliness and isolation,” said Ms Black.
Cathie Cowan, chief executive of NHS Forth Valley, said: “Annemargaret has extensive leadership experience in driving forward improvements across the NHS, local authority and voluntary sectors and is, therefore, ideally placed to build on the joint work already underway to develop local health and care services across Clackmannanshire and Stirling.”
Clackmannanshire Council chief executive Nikki Bridle said: “Annemargaret has a fabulous track record of leading positive improvement in partnership with the public and voluntary sectors.
“She is bringing a wealth of experience which I am sure will make a positive contribution to delivering the aims of the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership as we move into the next phase,” added Ms Bridle.