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Social Work and Adult Social Care in Highland

Welcome to the Social Work and Adult Social Care part of NHS Highland’s website

This part of the NHS Highland website provides a range of information for staff, service users, carers and the wider public about Social Work and Adult Social Care in Highland. It is where professionals can access the legislation, policies and procedures they need to practice competently and confidently.

How do we provide Social Work and Adult Social Care assessments, care and support in Highland?

Following a process of integration of Health and Social Care Services in 2012, NHS Highland now delivers a range of Adult Social Work and Social Care Services on behalf of the Highland Council, across the whole of the Council area. NHS Highland works closely in partnership with its Third and Independent sector colleagues to help people achieve the outcomes they seek. The benefits of an integrated service are becoming evident as Health and Social Care professionals work together effectively to assess for, plan and provide care and support to individuals and their carers.  The integration arrangments have recently been reviewed and are set out in the Highland Partnership Integration Scheme April 2015 – March 2020

Who do we provide assessments, care and support for?

Care and support can be provided for people aged 16 or over who are assessed as having a care or support need and who require assistance. In all cases where there is an assessed care need, NHS Highland has an obligation to offer people four options as to how they wish to receive their care and support. This is a requirement under the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 which was introduced by the Scottish Government in April 2014.


How is this part of the website structured?

This new part of the website is being developed.  Currently, it is sub-divided into the following sections:

Each sub-section provides information and links to relevant:

  • Policies and procedures 
  • Legislation 
  • Links 
  • Other documentation and information