Chief Officer - East Renfrewshire
Julie has been Chief Officer of East Renfrewshire HSCP since it formed in August 2015. She started her working life in 1986, volunteering in day services for people with learning disabilities, while she was studying for a degree in Political Studies at Aberdeen University.
Julie has worked in a variety of posts, including for Grampian Regional Council, Mencap, the Mental Health Unit of Greater Glasgow Health Board, Glasgow Learning Disability Partnership and various planning and commissioning roles within the NHS – focusing on the resettlement and redesign of services.
Julie joined East Renfrewshire Council social work department as head of strategy and development in 2001, and was subsequently appointed as director of the Community Health and Care Partnership in October 2007.
Throughout her career Julie has been an early adopter of partnership working and integration. She was central to the formation of the East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership in 2015, and under her leadership the Partnership has consistently held some of the lowest delayed discharge figures in Scotland, has developed a strong focus on wellbeing and recovery and a history of collaborative working with its community and third sector partners.
Learning disability services have remained a passion for Julie and she leads on the planning of services across Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and manages the inpatients units, on behalf of the HSCPs and Health Board.