Community Health Partnerships
Community Health Partnerships (CHPs) were established across the NHS in Scotland from 2004. Each covers a defined geographical area.
Community Health Partnerships are responsible for:
Ø Supporting the improvement of the health of local communities.
Ø Providing health services for local people.
Ø Involving local people, health and social care professionals, voluntary and independent organisations, in decisions that affect the planning and delivery of health care and health services for their communities.
Ø Co-ordination of the planning, development and provision of health services.
There are four CHPs in NHS Highland (see map):
· North Highland CHP (Caithness & Sutherland)
· Mid Highland CHP (Ross & Cromarty, Skye & Lochalsh, and Lochaber)
· South East Highland CHP (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey)
· Argyll & Bute CHP.
The Argyll and Bute CHP has the same boundaries as Argyll and Bute Council. The three
other CHPs together make up the area of The Highland Council.
The Community Health Partnerships are directly responsible for providing a wide range of local and community based services including local hospitals, community mental health teams, community nurses, midwives and health visitors, therapy teams such as physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetics, podiatry/chiropody, and a range of specialist practitioners such as Macmillan nurses. Relatively few General Practitioners are directly managed by the CHPs, but they have an important contribution to the work of the CHP, and are very much part of the local CHP teams.
Each CHP has a General Manager who is supported by a CHP Management Team which includes a Clinical Director (usually a local GP), clinical leaders from other professional backgrounds, and officers who provide non clinical support services, such as personnel and finance. The Management Teams report to a CHP Governance Committee, which is Chaired by a non-executive member of the NHS Highland Board, and which has public members drawn from local communities through the Public Partnership Forums.
Some Highland wide services are “hosted” with a CHP. These hosted services each have their own management and leadership arrangements, but they report into the CHP General Manager, and the CHP Governance Committee. Hosted services are:
Ø Marie Curie Service – North Highland CHP
Ø Dental services (i.e. salaried NHS dentists only, plus their support staff) – South East Highland CHP
Ø Acute Mental Health and Learning Disability services (New Craigs) - South East Highland CHP
Ø Specialist sexual health services – Mid Highland CHP
Ø Out of Hours service - Mid Highland CHP
People living in Argyll & Bute receive many of their acute and more specialist services from neighbouring NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. The Argyll & Bute CHP purchases these services from NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde through formal contracts.
Each of the CHPs is further divided into localities, each of which has a Locality General Manager, and a local management team.
A profile of NHS Highland Community Health Partnerships. A population profile with trends on deprivation and health across NHS Highland.