A health group in Moray says it has responded quickly to a Scottish Government proposal to bring together health and social care services to improve care.
The Moray Community Health and Social Care Partnership has helped to organise a group, consisting of members from both NHS Grampian and Moray Council, which met earlier this month for the first time.
This ‘transitional leadership group’ has now agreed to set up five smaller sub-groups, to tackle specific areas related to integration. This groups are expected to meet before the end of November.
Adam Coldwells, the general manager of the Moray Community Health and Social Care Partnership, said: "In Moray we are not starting from scratch in terms of joint working.
"We are proud of our achievements as a partnership and can demonstrate that we support a higher than average proportion of older people to live independently in their own homes than other areas in Scotland.
"We also have in Moray one of the best records in preventing delayed discharge in Scotland. These positive outcomes could not have been achieved without the close co-operation of both Council and NHS staff."
The challenge now, Mr Coldwells said, is to create a "strong foundation" to ensure that plans are in place by the proposed Scottish Government deadline of April, 2015.