A team of specialist inspectors have concluded their fieldwork in a joint inspection of health and social care services across Argyll and Bute.

The joint inspection is looking at how well social care and healthcare services are working together to support older people.

In particular, inspectors look at how well social work and NHS staff work together to improve outcomes for older people.

Inspectors will now look at all the evidence gathered before publishing their report later this year.

Karen Reid, chief executive of Scotland’s social care scrutiny and improvement body, the Care Inspectorate said:

"The number of older people across Scotland is growing and everyone deserves safe, high-quality, compassionate care. Our inspectors are looking at how well health, social work and other agencies are all working together to deliver good outcomes for older people in local communities.

"Inspectors look at records, speak to older people and their carers, visit services, and interview staff. We want to test how well social care services are working together with the health service. No-one should fall between the gap, and these inspections are important in making sure that doesn’t happen.”

A full report of the joint inspection will be published in due course.