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S5W-00781: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 15 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the effectiveness of Aberdeenshire Council’s health and social care integration process with regard to mental health provision, including whether (a) the NHS and (b) stakeholders have sufficient input in defining community support services.

Answered by: Shona Robison 27 June 2016

The design and delivery of integrated health and social care services, including mental health, is the responsibility of the Aberdeenshire health and social care partnership. This is overseen by a joint board whose members are nominated by Aberdeenshire council and NHS Grampian, called the Integration Joint board (IJB), which consists of five Aberdeenshire councillors and five NHS Grampian board members, and also includes non-voting members of the board, such as representatives from carers groups, trade unions and the third sector. The Partnership sets out how it intends to improve the design and delivery of integrated health and social care services through its strategic plan, which can be found at: https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/media/16182/health-and-social-care-strategic-plan-march-2016-final.pdf

It is for the partnership to ensure that stakeholders have sufficient input in defining community support services in a way that best suits their local needs. the scottish government has published guidance on the principles partnerships should follow in this regard, within guidance on the principles for planning and delivering integrated health and social care: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0046/00466005.pdf