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Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership appoints a new chief officer

By David Porter

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The Integration Joint Board (IJB) of the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership along with the chief executives of NHS Grampian and Aberdeenshire Council have announced that Pamela Milliken, has been appointed to the role chief officer for the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership (AHSCP).

AHSCP's new chief officer Pamela Milliken
AHSCP's new chief officer Pamela Milliken

Pamela brings a wealth of experience and knowledge gained throughout a career in health and social care to the AHSCP.

Currently employed as of Head of Wellbeing and Recovery for East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Pamela has responsibility for adult services and overseeing East Ayrshire HSCPs response to, and recovery from Covid-19.

Working with communities and the third and independent sectors to tackle health inequalities, mental health and support staff wellbeing.

Councillor Anne Stirling, chair of the IJB, said: “Firstly, I would like to congratulate Pamela on her appointment to the role of chief officer for the AHSCP.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Angie Wood for her dedication and exceptional work during her time as interim chief officer.

"Her leadership throughout the Covid-19 pandemic has been outstanding and her contribution to health and social care services in Aberdeenshire will have a lasting impact.”

Rhona Atkinson, vice chair of the IJB, said: “Pamela has a great deal of experience in working within a health and social care partnership and having previously been a lead for primary care in NHS Ayrshire and Arran will bring the knowledge and skills that we will need as we begin to look to the future and how we can rebuild services and make them even more responsive to community needs.

“I look forward to working with, and welcoming Pamela to Aberdeenshire soon”

Pamela Milliken, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed to the role of chief officer for the AHSCP and I am very much looking forward to getting to know the communities in Aberdeenshire and meeting the team soon, so that we can begin to work together to rebuild health and social care services as we come out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Covid-19 has, in some cases, had a devastating impact on our communities and, in particular on those who are most vulnerable.

"Ensuring that the voices of those communities and individuals are at the heart of how we re-build and remodel our services will be one of my key priorities when joining the Partnership”

Chief Executive of Aberdeenshire Council, Jim Savege, said: “Across health and social care the next few years will be a real opportunity to engage with communities and partners to improve and ‘future proof’ services.

"I am sure that as part of the Aberdeenshire team and with the experience that Pamela already has in working to deliver integrated, person centred services, the future of our highly developed model of partnership working will be even further enhanced”

Chief Executive of NHS Grampian, Caroline Hiscox, said: “I look forward to working closely with Pamela as we begin to re-mobilise health and social care services.

"As a key member of my senior leadership team Pamela’s role will be vital in ensuring that NHS Grampian, Aberdeenshire Council and the AHSCP drive forward positive change together and make a real difference to people’s lives.”

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