NHS Highland in Argyll and Bute and Argyll and Bute Council have integrated health and social care services in the form of a Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP). The new HSCP includes all health services, including contracted services (those that are purchased from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde), and all Adult and Children and Families social work. The HSCP went live on 1st April 2016.
The HSCP integrated management team structure (click here to view) is now in place and there is also an Integration Joint Board (IJB), which is the new governance Board and will have responsibility for the planning, resourcing and overseeing the operational delivery of integrated services. The membership of the IJB (click here to view) comprises elected councillors, NHS Highland Board members and a number of other members from a range of sectors and stakeholder groups including the Third Sector, Independent Sector, patients/service users, staff and carers. This wide ranging membership reflects the need to change the way we provide and access services, putting people at the heart of the process by operating as a single health and social care team at a local level.
To assist with the integration of services the HSCP consulted at the end of 2015 with local communities, stakeholders, staff and patients/service users on its 3 year Strategic Plan. This Plan has now been updated (click here to view final version) to reflect the comments and feedback received and will provide a road map on the actions needed to shift our services and resources to ones which prioritise anticipatory care, preventative measures and the maintenance of health and wellbeing so that working together we can achieve our joint vision that: 'People in Argyll and Bute will live longer, healthier, independent lives'.
The Scottish Government required that Health Boards and Local Authorities jointly prepare, consult and submit to Scottish Ministers an Integration Scheme by April 2015. This Scheme set out the key agreements that need to be reached in developing their integration arrangements. Please click here to view a copy of the Integration Scheme for Argyll and Bute.
For general enquiries about Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership please call 01546 605659 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Prior to the HSCP 'going live' a series of integration newsletters were produced on a regular basis and the last 2 editions are available below.
Islay Health Services Review Implementation Group
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Mull and Iona Health and Social Care
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Integrated Care Fund
The Scottish Government is providing the ICF to Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs) across Scotland over 3 years (2015-18) to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals. Argyll and Bute HSCP received £1.84 million for 2015/16 and also for year 2 (2016/17), of this £800,000 is directed to local communities across Argyll and Bute. For year 2, the methodology for allocation of funds to the 4 localities (Bute & Cowal, Helensburgh & Lomond, Mid Argyll, Islay and Kintyre, and Oban, Lorn and Isles) uses the NRAC (National Resource Allocation Committee) formula which takes account of all demographics so is slightly different from year 1.
The key purpose of the ICF is to act as a catalyst for service change and to support local ideas and thinking that contribute to that service change, designed to shift the balance of care, rather than to maintain historic arrangements. In March 2016, the Scottish Government stated that “ICF can be more directly aligned to the delegated services in each partnership area. So, where partnerships have delegated functions beyond the minimum required by the legislation, ICF resources may now be used to support those activities, based on your local needs”. For us this means it now includes Children’s Services, whereas last year ICF was for adult services only. Ideas should continue to be based on local priorities and focus on prevention, early intervention, and care and support for people with complex and multiple conditions.
FAQs - click here to view
Information about the ICF and locality investments - click here to view
ICF applications 2016/17 - click here for guidance and application pack
July 2016 ICF update - click here to view
Latest press release - click here to view
Please click here to view a guide for your transport needs to get to your medical appointments in Argyll and Bute.