Vicki Cloney has been appointed Inverclyde HSCP Partnership Facilitator at CVS Inverclyde, to lead the strategic development of the third sector's relationships with Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership, and other partner organisations.
"We are delighted to welcome Vicki, who joins us as part of our senior management team and brings great experience and contacts to her role as Partnership Facilitator," said CVS Inverclyde Chief Executive Officer, Charlene Elliott.
"She will help develop collaborative approaches to funding and commissioning opportunities for the third sector, providing operational support where needed and ensuring organisations are informed about relevant national and local policy. Vicki will also drive the redesign of services to best meet the health and wellbeing needs of people in Inverclyde."
Vicki trained as a nurse in her hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana in the USA, where she worked at a large cancer centre. Having married a man from Renfrewshire, she moved to Scotland along with her family in 2009, completing an Integrated Health and Social Care (Hons) Degree from the University of the West of Scotland. She went on to work as a MacMillan Pathway Coordinator, exploring support for people with a life-limiting condition while raising awareness of early palliative care. Within the same project, she also held the role of Associate Improvement Advisor, partnered with Healthcare Improvement Scotland.
Commenting on her appointment, Vicki said: "I have been getting to know Inverclyde HSCP and the partners who work with it to provide health and social care services locally. I am enjoying making new connections and look forward to implementing CVS Inverclyde's knowledge of the third sector and its clear understanding about the positive contribution that voluntary organisations can make to services."
Helen Watson, Head of Strategy, Inverclyde HSCP said: "Vicki is already working closely with us and our partners to facilitate a change in commissioning and procurement, which involves greater input from the third sector and helps improve results for local people. Our Strategic Plan (2019 – 24) maps out the big actions communities want us to deliver in Inverclyde, and the voluntary sector needs to be at the centre of shaping new choices that can really improve lives. Vicky is fully engaged with that work and is bringing fresh perspectives to the table."
Vicki sits on the Advisory Board for the International Centre for Integrated Care, partnered with the University of the West of Scotland and Health and Social Care Alliance.
More about Vicki ... following her graduation, Vicki joined a project that was redesigning community palliative care in Renfrewshire. Her role as Macmillan Pathway Coordinator was to explore the arm of support for people with a life-limiting condition but whose palliative care needs were currently stable. Through regular engagement with a wide variety of third sector community groups and voluntary and statutory organisations, she successfully raised awareness of early palliative care and facilitated readiness to participate in a new approach to integrated community palliative care.
Vicki also had a role within the same project as an Associate Improvement Advisor, partnered with Healthcare Improvement Scotland, which allowed her to apply improvement science to illustrate if the change ideas resulted in improved outcomes for people using community palliative care services in Renfrewshire. This role allowed Vicki to support a palliative care test of change based in Glasgow City Council HSCP's care homes, which aimed for the earlier identification of changes in the condition of residents and to increase Anticipatory Care Planning among them.