Partnership proposal for Aberdeenshire healthcare

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A JOINT board of Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian is being recommended as the preferred model to manage the integrated health and social care service in Aberdeenshire.

The new joint board has been recommended by the Transitional Leadership Group which is overseeing the integration in Aberdeenshire.

The joint board would manage health and social care across Aberdeenshire, and would include Inverurie Hospital and the proposed new Health Centre facility which may be located at the same site.

The group is co-chaired by Councillor Cllr Karen Clark, Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Social Work and Housing Committee and Mr Raymond Bisset Non-Executive Director of NHS Grampian and Chair of Aberdeenshire Community Health Partnership. Mr Bisset is a former Inverurie Councillor and Provost of Aberdeenshire.

The proposed establishment of a joint board will be discussed by Aberdeenshire Council at its meeting this Thursday, September 26, and at the NHS Grampian Board meeting on Monday, September 30.

The Scottish Government bill paving the way for integration was published last month and is designed to create a single point of entry for service users.

Although it is not expected to take effect until 2015 Aberdeenshire’s Transitional Leadership Group wants to make significant progress well in advance of this date.

Co-Chair of the Transitional Leadership Group Raymond Bisset said: “All interested parties in Aberdeenshire have been meeting regularly since integration was first suggested by the Scottish Government.

“I believe this is a great opportunity for us to build and improve on the positive working relationships we already have to provide quality, integrated health and social care across Aberdeenshire.”

Co-Chair of the Transitional Leadership Group Cllr Karen Clark said, “We considered a range of options but the joint board model represents the best option for Aberdeenshire.”