From today (Friday) the new Angus Health and Social Care Partnership takes responsibility for a range of health and adult care services in the county.
The new partnership builds on the close working relationships which already exist between Angus Council, NHS Tayside and the voluntary and independent sectors.
Similar local partnerships have been established across Scotland to fulfil the Scottish Government’s programme to improve the wellbeing of those who use health and social care services.
The chair of the Angus Health and Social Care Partnership councillor Glennis Middleton said: “In Angus, health and social care services already work well together. This new partnership creates more opportunity for us to improve the quality and consistency of our collective services.
“GPs, hospitals, health workers, social care staff, and the voluntary and independent sectors will increasingly work side-by-side in local teams to provide more coordinated services tailored to people’s specific needs.
“By working more collaboratively we can improve the experience and outcomes for patients, service users, carers, families and communities in Angus.
“The challenge is significant, but the opportunities to improve health and social care are huge.”
The Angus Health and Social Care Partnership comprises NHS Tayside, Angus Council, third sector organisations and independent contractors such as GPs, local pharmacists and care providers. The work of the partnership is overseen by an Integration Joint Board.
Over the last year, communities in Angus helped to shape the partnership’s vision and priorities for health and social care services through their participation in a range of engagement events and consultations.
The partnership plan sets out the aspirations and plans for the future of care in Angus, focusing on four key priorities:
Improving health, wellbeing and independence
Supporting care needs at home
Developing integrated and enhanced primary care and community responses
Improving integrated care pathways for priorities in care
The integration scheme for Angus details how NHS Tayside and Angus Council services will be integrated.