Health and Social Care Strategies, Plans and Reports

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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.

Strategies and plans

Strategic Plan 

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:

Watch a short animation video describing the 5 key priorities:

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AHSCP Workforce Plan

Our AHSCP Workforce Plan 2022 to 2025 outlines how we will improve and adapt how our staff will meet our Strategic Plan and priorities, while living within our Medium Term Financial Plan targets.

Locality Plans

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.

Assisted Transport Policy for Adult Social Work services

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:

Assess eligibility for support with transport to services

Medication Assisted Treatment Standards

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Standards were introduced by the Scottish Government to help reduce drug related deaths and promote recovery. There are 10 standards to implement to make sure people have the most appropriate access, choice, and support in their drug treatment.

The AHSCP have overall responsibility to make sure these standards are implemented in Aberdeenshire. We are required to provide an update on our progress which is detailed in our latest MAT Standard implementation plan progress report.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

The adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019 to 2024 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:

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.

Dementia Strategy

'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:

Ageing well in Aberdeenshire

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:

Accommodation, care and support for older people

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

We have Local Carer Strategies for unpaid adult and young carers in Aberdeenshire. We also have a Carers' Charter for Aberdeenshire which sets out the rights of carers.


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 Accounts

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.

Health and Social Care Equalities

The AHSCP and the Integration Joint Board (IJB) involves groups representing protected characteristics in the planning and delivery of health and social care services and make sure our practices are compliant.

Our new Equality Outcomes for 2020 to 2024 were formally approved by the IJB in June 2020. View the latest progress on these Equality Outcomes.