Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership
Adult health and social care services in Aberdeenshire are now delivered by a partnership of Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian.
In 2011 the Scottish Government announced its intention to integrate health and social care for adults. This was followed with the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act in 2014. As a result the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership (AHSCP) was launched on 1 April 2016.
Why make these changes?
It can be difficult for health and social care teams to put the person's needs at the heart of decisions because of budgetary and organisational constraints. The partnership aims to create an organisation with a single vision and budget, allowing practitioners to deliver the best service for people’s needs. This is a big challenge. But without change the current system can’t respond to population needs and budgetary constraints.
How does the partnership work?
The AHSCP is overseen by a joint board of Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian, called the Integration Joint Board (IJB). The IJB manage adult health and social care services in Aberdeenshire. The council and health board have delegated some of their functions to the AHSCP.
How will the partnership be held to account?
The new partnership will be jointly accountable to the NHS Grampian Board and to Aberdeenshire Council. The partnership’s Chief Officer will report to both Chief Executives.
How will the partnership benefit you and your family?
If you need care from a district nurse and help to bathe or prepare a meal for example, you might have previously had two or three professionals visiting, asking similar questions before the help is put in place.
Under the new partnership doctors, hospitals, health workers, social work staff and others will work side-by-side. They’ll share information and take a more co-ordinated approach to the way services are delivered.
So if you need care from a district nurse, and help to bathe or prepare a meal, one professional will visit and arrange all the help you need.
By working together, we can more easily identify those who are most at risk – for example of going into hospital. We can put together a combined package of care, support and lifestyle advice designed to keep you healthier and independent for longer. If you need hospital care, staff from the hospital can work with staff in the community to help you leave with the right support in place.
Our short you tube video explains about Health and Social Care integration and how the new partnership will help you:
Health and Social Care Integration scheme
The Health and Social Care Integration Scheme for Aberdeenshire (pdf 830KB) sets out the legal basis for the AHSCP. Annex 2 has been amended to comply with the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016. This is to make sure the Act's requirements applying to services for adult carers’ are appropriately delegated from the Local Authority to the IJB. It is purely a technical amendment to make sure the Act is fully implemented.
A strategic plan for the future of health and social care services in Aberdeenshire has been approved. The plan is based on what you told us should be available in your locality. It describes how we'll work together to improve the health of local people and to provide the right services for people who are ill or who rely on social care:
The plan also states that each locality will produce a locality plan.
We have also developed a Commissioning (Implementation and Change) Plan (pdf 446KB). It details our commissioning intentions to reshape services to meet future demographic and financial challenges in 2017 to 2019.
The approved AHSCP annual report (pdf 1.4MB) covers the partnership's performance in the financial year 2016 to 2017.
The report details some very positive achievements, demonstrating our performance is among the best in Scotland. Progress has been made to reduce the number of people delayed in hospital. The report highlights where transformational change has been successful, for example with implementing Virtual Community Ward and redesigning mental health services. It also demonstrates our commitment to working with people in our communities by introducing participatory budgeting and emphasizing locality planning.
Who to contact if you have questions
AHSCP and IJB public facing complaints handling procedure
If something goes wrong or you are dissatisfied with our services, please tell us. The AHSCP and IJB public facing complaints handling procedure (CHP) describes our complaints procedure and how to make a complaint. It also tells you about our service standards and what you can expect from us.