Raymond Bisset from NHS Grampian and Pauline Strachan, depute Chief Executive of NHS Grampian were in attendance to support this joint report on the integration of health and social care service to Aberdeenshire councillors last month.
Director of Housing and Social Work, Ritchie Johnson introduced the paper, calling it an important step in public sector reform and demonstrating how agencies will develop a model for joint working. The report set out a series of recommendations for the preferred delivery model for Aberdeenshire. Councillors supported an Integration Joint Board with the scope of older people’s health and social care. Councillors also agreed to progress the recruitment of a Chief Officer.
Mr Johnson advised the preferred model of a partnership, where the council and NHS work together to improve the outcomes for people that need health and care services. Staff would not be transferred, but would build on current working practices to further develop joint working arrangements to meet the needs of the individual.
In the early stages, the model will be overseen by a Transitional Leadership Group.
Cllr Martin Ford spoke of his concerns about the model, and suggested that further work be undertaken on a full options appraisal. The recommendation was supported 66 votes to 2.