Health and Social Care Strategies, Plans and Reports
The key documents for Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership (AHSCP) and the Integration Joint Board (IJB) are on this web page. They include our organisation and service specific strategies, the plans that direct the services we deliver and our annual performance reports and accounts.
The documents are grouped as follows:
IJB publication scheme
The IJB is legally required to produce and maintain a publications scheme. This sets out the information it publishes and how it can be accessed.
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. It is an agreement between Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian to create an IJB. It aims to create an integrated Health and Social Care service, where all individuals work together to achieve the same outcomes, following the same vision, philosophy and principles.
IJB Governance Handbook
The IJB Governance Handbook (PDF 1.4MB) sets out how the IJB is organised, how decisions are made and how members of the public can participate.
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.
The Strategic Plan for 2020 to 2025 outlines the key priorities we’ll focus on for Health and Social Care services over the next 5 years and the vision of the AHSCP. It describes how we'll work together to improve the health of local people and provide care and support when needed. The plan has been developed by listening to people living in our communities, our partners and Health and Social Care staff.
The plan is available in different versions:
- Strategic Plan 2020 to 2025 (PDF 1.6MB)
- Strategic Plan 2020 to 2025 presented on 1 page (PDF 2.9MB)
- Strategic Plan 2020 to 2025 accessible version (PDF 354KB)
- Strategic Plan 2020 to 2025 easy read version (PDF 916KB)
Watch a short animation video describing the 5 key priorities:
Duration 4:12 minutes
Our locality plans provide a framework for how the AHSCP intends to improve health and wellbeing. Each plan adopts a ground level approach, empowering the residents and those working in the locality to play an active part in identifying the local priorities. The plans make sure local needs are being supported. There are 5 locality plans.
View the locality plans.
Each plan is supported by a locality profile which gives a demographic, public health and inequalities overview for each locality. These profiles are used to help Health and Social Care service planning decisions in our local communities.
View the locality profiles.
We have also created an interactive map where you can view building-based health and social care facilities in each area.
The ability to access Health and Social Care services by appropriate transport is an essential part of a person's treatment or care pathway.
The Assisted Transport Policy for Adult Social Work services (PDF 176KB) provides a consistent approach to transport for these services. The policy applies to all users of Adult Social Work services. It is used to:
Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy
The adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019 to 2024 (PDF 866KB) sets out our priorities for mental health and wellbeing for the next 5 years. These priorities have been shaped by the views and opinions of a wide range of people, including those living with mental health problems, unpaid carers our third sector partners and mental health professionals. The strategy is for all adults living in Aberdeenshire who currently access mental health services, as well as those who may need support in the future.
Learning Disability Strategy
Our Learning Disability Strategy: 'Be All You Can Be' sets out our key priorities the next 5 years to make Aberdeenshire is the best possible place for someone living with a learning disability. We want to make sure people with a learning disability will feel well, involved, valued and supported.
The strategy has been produced after extensive discussions with people using our service, their families, learning disability professionals, national organisations and third sector partners.
Our strategy is known as The Big Plan and our action plan is The Big List. The strategy is available in 2 versions:
- Be All You Can Be – The Big Plan 2020 to 2025 (PDF 3.2MB)
- Be All You Can Be – The Big Plan 2020 to 2025 easy read version (PDF 2MB)
- Be All You Can Be – The Big List 2020 to 2025 (PDF 4.3MB)
As part of the strategy, we have created a Market Position Statement: Accommodation for Adults with Learning Disabilities 2020 to 2025 (PDF 643KB). The Statement will help us identify the type, location and service style of the accommodation required to meet the needs of adults with learning disabilities in Aberdeenshire. It is aimed at existing and potential providers of adult learning disabilities care, support and accommodation services.
'Making Connections' is our Dementia Strategy for 2021 to 2030. It outlines how we will meet the commitments set out in Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy locally in Aberdeenshire. The strategy has been developed based on research, learning from earlier projects and talking to people living with dementia, their families and carers, our wider communities, third sector partners and health and social care staff.
Our strategy is available in 3 versions:
- 'Making Connections' Aberdeenshire Dementia Strategy 2021 to 2030 accessible version (PDF 1.4MB)
- 'Making Connections' Aberdeenshire Dementia Strategy 2021 to 2030 dementia friendly version (PDF 1.2MB)
- 'Making Connections' Aberdeenshire Dementia Strategy 2021 to 2030 easy read version (PDF 673KB)
It is accompanied by a Delivery Plan (PDF 213KB). The initial plan is for 1 year, 2021 to 2022. This will be reviewed regularly.
Aberdeenshire Council, NHS Grampian, the Third Sector (voluntary organisations) and private sector organisations have a ten year Joint Commissioning Strategy for older people 2013 to 2023 (PDF 2.5MB) on the shape of older people services to come.
The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) was done to summarise the likely needs of the older population, and inform the strategy:
- Aberdeenshire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (PDF 823KB)
- Aberdeenshire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment - appendix (PDF 190KB)
Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership has produced a Market Position Statement (PDF 715KB) and Capacity Plan (PDF 1.43MB). They are intended to inform and analyse current supply and demand patterns for residential care, identify what the future demand for accommodation and care might look like and provide a basis for consultation and negotiation with those who deliver, or plan to deliver, accommodation and care.
Older People's Charter
The Older People's Charter in Aberdeenshire (PDF 3.29MB) recognises the importance of listening to and valuing the contribution of older people. It was launched in October 2018 by the Aberdeenshire Older People’s Forums. The Forums are developing their own action plans and will be working with partners in their communities to progress the Charter.
Aberdeenshire Adult Carer Strategy and Carers’ Charter
Annual Performance Reports
The annual performance report describes the range of work done throughout the year to support our strategic priorities. These are focused on meeting the needs of people using our services, their families, carers and communities across Aberdeenshire. The report provides the opportunity to recognise the significant progress made towards delivering our vision of Health and Social Care services, as well as highlighting the challenges we face. It also provides details of the AHSCP's performance against national and local performance indicators.
View the current and previous annual performance reports:
- Annual performance report 2020 to 2021 (PDF 8MB)
- Annual performance report 2019 to 2020 (PDF 4.3MB)
- Annual performance report 2018 to 2019 (PDF 2.3MB)
- Annual performance report 2017 to 2018 (PDF 1.3MB)
- Annual performance report 2016 to 2017 (PDF 1.4MB)
The Annual Accounts set out the financial position of the IJB for each financial year. They include a management commentary providing an overview of the IJB's performance for the year.
View the IJB's Annual Accounts.