Engagement and consultation

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We would like to involve you in the decision-making about the Health and Social Care services we provide to you and your community. We want to hear your views.

Health and Social Care services in Aberdeenshire are provided by Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership (AHSCP). Every so often we want to seek the views of the public, professionals and organisations to help shape the future Health and Social Care services. This might include views on strategies, plans, service developments or service reviews.

Views on specific proposals for Health and Social Care services are sought through engagement and consultation. Current and previous engagements and consultations can be viewed on Engage Aberdeenshire. This portal has links to live engagement and consultation activity across AHSCP and the council.

You can view the published AHSCP strategies on our Publications page.


Engagement happens at the initial stages of a project. Engagement should ideally be a two way discussion. It gives people the opportunity to give their opinion and answer open questions. Information gathered from the engagement helps us develop our initial proposal about what we are going to do.

Consultation takes place once you have used the information from the engagement to come up with an idea or a draft strategy. Consultation tends to be more of a question and answer process. It involves checking you have correctly interpreted the information from the engagement. It also gives people an opportunity to identify any gaps. The consultation shapes the final decision or strategy.