About the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership
Adult Social Care and Health services in Aberdeenshire are delivered by a partnership of Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian. The Scottish Government legislated to integrate health and social care. As a result the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership (AHSCP) was launched on 1 April 2016.
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 AHSCP aims to deliver the best service for people’s needs.
The AHSCP's vision statement is:
Building on a person's abilities, we will deliver high quality person-centred care to enhance their independence and well being in their own community.
How it works
The AHSCP is overseen by a joint board of Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian, called the Integration Joint Board (IJB). The IJB manage adult Social Care and Health services in Aberdeenshire. The council and health board have delegated some of their functions to the AHSCP.
The AHSCP is jointly accountable to Aberdeenshire Council and the NHS Grampian Board. The AHSCP’s Chief Officer reports to both Chief Executives.
How it benefits 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 2 or 3 professionals visiting and asking similar questions before the support is put in place.
Under the AHSCP doctors, hospitals, health workers, social work staff and others work side-by-side. They share information and take a more coordinated approach to the way services are delivered.
So if you need care from a District Nurse, and help to bathe or prepare a meal, 1 professional will visit and arrange all the support 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 will work with staff in the community to help you leave with the right support in place.
Our short YouTube video explains about Health and Social Care integration and how the AHSCP will help you: