Aberdeen health and adult social care Annual Report published

The Aberdeen Integration Joint Board (IJB) has published its Annual Report 2016-17.

The 30-page document lays out the achievements and performance of the Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership (ACHSCP) in its first year of operation – and outlines how the Partnership has made strides to meet the nine Scottish health and wellbeing outcomes.

This Partnership’s three-year Strategic Plan was published on 1st April 2016 and the performance report outlines the extent to which the arrangements set out in the plan have contributed in year-one to achieving the nine outcomes.

The report also includes a 2016-17 budget overview, including the total amount and the proportion of spend on the services for which the IJB and the ACHSCP are responsible.

IJB Chair Jonathan Passmore said: “Our first Annual Report sets out how we have performed in 2016-17 and how we are working towards meeting the ambitions and priorities outlined in our Strategic Plan.

“We have built solid foundations in our first year which we will now build upon to deliver a real transformation in health and care services for the citizens of Aberdeen.

“Improved experiences of services and better outcomes are pivotal to our ambition to be recognised as a high-performing Partnership, delivering good-quality, person-centred services. The report sets our progress through an assessment of our performance across all aspects of our work.

“We aim to be one of the top-performing IJBs and Partnerships in Scotland, drawing the best people to work for us and striving to reduce inequalities in health and to improve the wellbeing of our communities.

“We have made a significant start and I look forward to leading the Board and supporting the Executive Team to make even greater progress this year and next.”

ACHSCP Chief Officer Judith Proctor said: “We can be proud of what we have achieved in our first 12 months of operation.

“We have made real achievements already – opening our new £4.3million Len Ironside Centre for vulnerable adults, reducing delayed discharge from hospitals, moving to establish Link Workers to assist in every GP practice, and preparing to pilot a new care-at-home model, while at the same time creating the foundations for our Carers Strategy and our Commissioning Plan.

“These are dynamic times for health and adult social care in Aberdeen as we forge ahead on our journey of change, transformation and improvement – and I want to thank every colleague for their help, their support and their great ideas over the past year.

“There are demographic and financial challenges ahead but, supported by our IJB, we will meet them together as a team and develop sustainable solutions which meet the needs of all who depend upon our services.”

The performance report meets the requirements of the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014, which obliges the integration authority to report on the previous financial year.

The Annual Report is available on the Partnership and the Aberdeen City Council websites at http://aberdeencityhscp.co.uk/en/progress/news/ijb-annual-report/