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The shape of Scottish society is changing. People are living longer, healthier lives and as the needs of our society change, so too must the nature and form of our public services. HSCI1

New legislation, in the form of the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014, came into force on 1 April 2014. The Act requires Health Boards and Local Authorities to integrate their health and social care services.

Local teams and professionals across health and social care will work together to deliver quality, sustainable care and services resulting in improved outcomes for the people and their families who use these services.

Those individuals with long-term conditions and disabilities, many of whom are older people, will get the joined-up and seamless support and care that they need to live safely and independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

So, that’s the background, but what will it mean to you & I?  HSCI

Health and social care services will be planned for and provided so that they:

• Are integrated from the point of view of service-users

• Take account of the particular needs of different service-users and the areas and local needs in which the service is being provided

• Take account of the particular characteristics and circumstances of different service-users and of the participation by service-users in the community in which they live

• Respect the rights and dignity of service-users

• Improve the quality of the services provided and protect and improve the safety of service-users

• Are planned and led locally in a way which is engaged with the community

• Best anticipate needs and prevent them arising

• Make the best use of the available facilities, people and other resources

All Health Boards and Local Authorities must integrate their services for all adults in their area. NHS Grampian and Aberdeenshire Council have formed an integrated authority to make this happen..

Each Integrated Authority will establish locality arrangements for its area. There must be at least two localities in every partnership. Localities will provide an opportunity for local professionals, staff, the third and independent sectors, carers and service-users to lead the planning and delivery of services for their communities, based on their experience and knowledge of local needs. Locality planning groups will provide important input to partnership strategic planning, ensuring that the priorities of local professionals and people are taken into account when integrated health and social care services are planned.

Want to know more? Would you like to have your voice heard??

Kincardineshire Development Partnership are hosting two engagement events to allow you to do just that. To find out more visit the KDP website at www.kincardineshiredp.org, or come along to one of the events;

Tuesday 24th March 2015, 6 – 9pm, Mackie Academy Canteen, Stonehaven

Wednesday 25th March 2015, 6 – 9pm, Mearns Academy Community Campous, Laurencekirk.

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