Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership

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Adult health and social care 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.

Why the change

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 the partnership 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 health and social care services in Aberdeenshire. The council and health board have delegated some of their functions to the AHSCP. 

How the partnership is accountable

The new partnership is jointly accountable to the NHS Grampian Board and to Aberdeenshire Council. The partnership’s Chief Officer will report to both Chief Executives.

How the partnership 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 two or three professionals visiting, asking similar questions before the help is put in place.

Under the partnership doctors, hospitals, health workers, social work staff and others work side-by-side. They 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 partnership will help you:

Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care integration you tube video (4:37 minutes) 

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.

Strategic plan 

The approved strategic plan for the future of health and social care services in Aberdeenshire 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 partnership has developed Locality Plans to make sure local needs are addressed and included in the Strategic Plan.

Commissioning 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.

Annual reports

The AHSCP annual reports detail some very positive achievements including the continued development of our locality organisational structure and integrated health and social care teams. They highlight where transformational change has been successful. For example the review of our Minor Injury Units and the continued implementation of the Virtual Community Ward which reduced the number of unnecessary hospital admissions. They also provide details of the partnership’s positive performance against national and local performance indicators.

Each report covers the partnership's performance per financial year:

Annual Accounts

The IJB's Annual Accounts are available. The Annual Accounts contain a number of detailed reports providing additional information, along with financial statements.

Who to contact if you have questions

If you have any questions or want more information about the AHSCP please email us integration@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or follow us on Twitter @HSCPshire.

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.

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