Chance to shape future of health and social care

Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, together with the Rural Area Partnerships, are to hold events next month.

Laurencekirk and Stonehaven will be part of a series of community events throughout March, to engage with local people on the future direction of health and social care services in Aberdeenshire.

From April 2016 adult health and social care services will be delivered by a partnership between Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian. The aim of integration is to provide a seamless service for patients and their families. The new partnership will be overseen by a joint board comprising of Aberdeenshire Councillors and NHS Grampian Board members.

Before the Partnership can be established, a local strategic plan needs to be developed. This will set out priorities to ensure high quality person-centred care is provided and health and wellbeing improvements are achieved in Aberdeenshire.

Input from individuals, communities and other interested stakeholders will be key to ensuring that this plan delivers long-lasting benefits.

One of the community events will take place in the canteen at Mackie Academy on Tuesday, March 24, with another event the following night at Mearns Community Campus. There will be a buffet at 6pm for all those attending before the event gets underway at 6.30.

Adam Coldwells, chief officer of Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “Throughout March we will be developing our draft strategic plan for the Partnership.

“We are keen that local people, community groups and key stakeholders all have an opportunity to discuss the changes and challenges ahead and more importantly help identify priorities. I would encourage everyone to go along to one of the events so the plan reflects the views of people who deliver and those who require health and social care services.”

Once the draft plan has been developed, it will be discussed by the Transitional Leadership Group before a further public consultation later in the year. It is hoped the final Strategic Plan will be submitted to the Scottish Government in October.