Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership
Adult health and social care services are now delivered by a partnership of Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian.
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 new 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 Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership is overseen by a joint board of Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian, called the Integrated 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 Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership.
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 me and my 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:
2016-2019 Strategic plan
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.
- Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership strategic plan 2016 to 2019 (PDF 2.18MB)
- Strategic plan accessible version (PDF 719.57KB)
Who should I contact if I have questions?