The IJB must honour the agreement to deliver a business plan for Langholm 'care village'.
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In November 2016, the findings from an in-depth community survey on the health and social care needs of Langholm and Esk Valley were presented to the Dumfries and Galloway Integration Joint Board (IJB). The IJB consists of councillors and health board members and is responsible for planning and delivering a range of health and adult social care services. Gary Sheehan (Annandale and Eskdale Locality Manager) was instructed by the IJB in November 2016 to prepare a business plan that focused on the recommendation to develop a ‘Care Village’ in Langholm. The care village would involve housing providers developing sheltered and extra sheltered housing, a charitable trust providing a care home, hospital beds and a new health centre. This business case was to be presented at the next IJB meeting in April 2017. The board's decision has not been carried out. There have been no reports to the board and no business case produced. With the potential unsustainability of Thomas Hope Hospital and an ageing population with many residents being sent to care homes outwith Langholm, the future social and healthcare needs of the area’s population has become a critical issue that needs to be addressed urgently.
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