Annandale and Eskdale

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Annandale and Eskdale lies in the east of Dumfries and Galloway and is bordered by the Nithsdale locality in the west, South Lanarkshire in the north, Scottish Borders in the east and Cumbria in the south. Most of its southern boundary is made up of the Solway Firth coastline. Two main rivers, the River Annan and the River Esk, run through the area and drain into the Solway Firth. The Southern Uplands form the northern boundary. Covering 156,286 hectares, Annandale and Eskdale accounts for a total of a quarter of the total area of Dumfries and Galloway.

Latest News

We are reviewing Health & Social Care services with a view to modernising the way that services are delivered.

How will it affect you/your family?

Make sure your views are heard!

To find out more about the next engagement event taking place on January 11 in Moffat Town Hall, visit the following link…

To gain more information and read about the ideas and proposals to modernise health and social care services across Annandale and Eskdale, and to respond with your views, visit the following link…

SHAP, Annandale & Eskdale’s Safe and Healthy Working Partnership had a development day on Tuesday 3rd November to see how well it has been operating over the past decade and what things it needs to improve on going forward to truly work together in partnership. We spoke to a couple of people who attended the event. To see videos from Annan TV click here.

Locality Plans are Published

The final Annandale and Eskdale Locality Plan for 2016-19 has now been agreed by the Integration Joint Board (IJB). You can find out more about your area and some of the things we will be working on here

For an easy read version of the plan, click here

For the latest version of our Locality Newsletter, please click here.


Locality Manager

Gary Sheehan, Locality Manager

Gary Sheehan

Gary Sheehan is the Health and Social Care Partnership’s Locality Manager in Annandale and Eskdale, responsible for taking forward health and social care integration in the area, shaping local services to meet the needs of individuals in their communities.

Gary was born in Liverpool and began his career as a social worker in Knowsley. He has worked as a Senior Manager for Liverpool City Council and a number of large third sector organisations in England. He has extensive experience in commissioning and providing a range of person centred services for older people, people with learning disabilities, people with enduring mental health problems and people with a physical or sensory disability. Gary is relatively new to Dumfries and Galloway and is busy getting to know local people and services and listening to their thoughts and ideas about how best we can support people to lead healthy and fulfilling lives across Annandale and Eskdale.

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Case Study

Forward Looking Care (FLC)

GP Practices in Annan introduced Forward Looking Care planning with a real focus on supporting people to identify their wishes for future care and meet their personal outcomes.

Taking a preventative approach enabled people to identify and plan for their current and future needs, allowing them to keep well and reach their full potential. People reported feeling more in control of their health and better able to manage their condition and medication. People also felt listened to and happy that their wishes were known should their health deteriorate.

Practitioners in Health and Social Care also felt positively about the approach in the fact that peoples’ wishes and preferences were known in advance, ensuring the appropriate information, support or care could be provided by the right service at the right time.

“One Team”one team

The “One Team” is an approach which was piloted in Langholm. It involved care at home staff, health care support workers from the cottage hospital and district nurses working in a more joined up way to reduce duplication of visits wherever possible. Staff explored commonalities in existing skills and knowledge of team members and planned training/upskilling as appropriate where gaps were identified. This resulted in:

  • Shared understanding of clinical competencies
  • Care at home staff trained to deliver minor interventions
  • Reduction in community nurse travel
  • Reduction in Out of Hours call outs

Useful Documents and Links

Easy Read Annandale & Eskdale

The Living Well

The Living Well helps you to find activities and services related to improving health and wellbeing, in your community.

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