The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 specified that new Health and Social Care Partnerships set up two or more localities to allow service planning at locally relevant geographies in natural communities. These aren't hard lines on a map, but represent natural communities and delivery of local health and social care services.
Aberdeenshire locality planning
In Aberdeenshire, there are six localities:
- Banff and Buchan
- Kincardine and Mearns
The Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership (AHSCP) strategic plan states that each locality will produce a locality plan. Localities can work together where service delivery is shared.
Locality Planning Groups (LPGs) are meeting with relevant partners in each locality to develop locality plans. These will be set in the strategic plan context but there won't be a hierarchy between the two. Each plan has to be relevant and have meaningful impact for the local community. The locality plans will be published early 2018.
AHSCP locality profiles
Locality profiles have been developed by the national Local Intelligence Support Team (LIST) to support our locality planning. The profiles give a demographic, public health and inequalities oversight for the six localities.
These profiles will be used by our LPGs, with other information eg strategic needs assessments and performance information, to advise health and social care service planning decisions in local communities.
The locality profiles are available to view: