A new Chief Officer has been appointed for Orkney Health and Care, the Integration Joint Board that commissions and oversees community health and social care services in the islands.
Sally Shaw was appointed following interviews held recently and is currently interim Chief Officer at Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership.
She began her career more than 30 years ago as a nurse before moving into social work and has extensive experience at a senior level in health, social care and the third sector.
From 2013 Sally spent four years with the Care Inspectorate as Head of Strategic Inspection and led the team which carried out an inspection of health and social work services in Orkney for people over the age of 65.
For a number of years Orkney Islands Council and NHS Orkney worked together to provide a wide range of shared services under the partnership banner of Orkney Health and Care.
The same name was adopted when the Integration Joint Board was established to plan and oversee joined-up community health and social care services across the islands.
Council Chief Executive Alistair Buchan said: "I would like to congratulate Sally and we all wish her every success as she takes on this crucial and very demanding role.
“Sally brings a wealth of experience to the role which will equip her well for the challenges ahead.”
Gerry O’Brien, Chief Executive of NHS Orkney, said: “I am delighted to welcome Sally back to Orkney. Sally has a wide range of skills and expertise and this will undoubtedly enhance our ability to move services and service planning forward.”
Sally Shaw added: “I got a really good feel for how integrated health and social care services are working in Orkney and many other areas of Scotland during my time with the Care Inspectorate.
“I lived in Sanday for a short time earlier in my career and always wanted to return to Orkney. I am delighted to have that opportunity as Chief Officer of Orkney Health and Care.”
She is expected to take up her new role later in the summer.