Have your say on health and care changes

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

Ar­gyll’s health and care board has launched a con­sul­ta­tion on ser­vice changes it needs to make over the next three years.

Ar­gyll and Bute Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship (HSCP) is de­vel­op­ing its sec­ond strate­gic plan to run be­tween April 2019 to March 2022, and is seek­ing feed­back on the ‘ser­vice change re­quired to de­liver [its] am­bi­tions’.

NHS High­land ex­plained on its web­page: ‘The chal­leng­ing fi­nan­cial po­si­tion means the HSCP can­not do ev­ery­thing to meet the pub­lic’s ex­pec­ta­tions of care.

‘De­liv­er­ing ser­vices within a bal­anced bud­get will re­quire a shift of fo­cus to de­liv­er­ing high qual­ity and ef­fec­tive ser­vices for peo­ple with a com­plex range of needs. This in­cludes in­vest­ing in com­mu­ni­ties, en­abling and sup­port­ing peo­ple to en­joy the best qual­ity of life pos­si­ble, in­formed by choices they make for them­selves.

‘To fur­ther de­velop our strat­egy we are con­duct­ing a ques­tion­naire to col­late feed­back on the eight strate­gic ar­eas of ser­vice change. This will help as­sess vi­a­bil­ity on a qual­ity, op­er­a­tional and fi­nan­cial level and iden­tify what we need to sus­tain or change to achieve an or­gan­i­sa­tion that is fit for the fu­ture.’

Those ar­eas are learn­ing dis­abil­ity, men­tal health, pri­mary care, hos­pi­tal, cor­po­rate and chil­dren’s ser­vices, care homes and hous­ing and the com­mu­nity model of care.

This first stage, tak­ing place from sum­mer to au­tumn 2018, seeks to ‘in­form peo­ple about what the HSCP is go­ing to do; in­vite com­ments on the key ser­vice change ar­eas that are re­quired; in­vite sug­ges­tions around what we need to do to make sure we in­volve peo­ple as we make these changes; use the in­for­ma­tion gath­ered in this stage to in­form what we do next’.

You can find the sur­vey and more in­for­ma­tion about the strate­gic plan on the NHS High­land web­site, un­der the news, views and events tab, or con­tact 01436 635080.

The dead­line to re­spond to the HSCP is Sun­day Septem­ber 30.

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