South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) has appointed a new Chief Social Work Officer.

Gary Hoey, who has been involved in social work and education for nearly 30 years, will take over the crucial role after previously working as senior manager for children’s health and justice services.

Mr Hoey has spent much of his career working within South Ayrshire. Speaking of his appointment, he said:

“I am delighted to accept the role of Chief Social Work and both humbled and excited to drive forward the Social Work profession within South Ayrshire.”

“We are a profession built upon values, ethics and a motivation to help those in South Ayrshire who need our support. By listening to those we serve we can build supports and services attune and in harmony with their lives.”

During his career, Mr Hoey has represented South Ayrshire on a number of national forums including the Historic Abuse Practice Network, the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Task Force and the Child Protection National Learning and Development Group.

He has also led several projects designed to meet South Ayrshire HSCP’s Strategic Plan to ensure that local children and young people start well, live well and age well.

Director of Health and Social Care, Tim Eltringham, said: “The Chief Social Work Officer role is crucial role within the Partnership’s senior team.

“We are delighted to have been able appoint Gary who has such a wealth of knowledge in this area. Gary has strong roots in the South Ayrshire community and I look forward to seeing him help lead the direction of the Partnership.”