Joint board set to manage health and social care

Councillor Karen Clark and Raymond Bisset at the TLG meeting held at Woodhill House in Aberdeen.
Councillor Karen Clark and Raymond Bisset at the TLG meeting held at Woodhill House in Aberdeen.

A joint board of Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian is being recommended as the preferred model to manage the integrated health and social care service in Aberdeenshire.

The new joint board has been recommended by the Transitional Leadership Group which is overseeing the integration in the shire.

The group is co-chaired by Councillor Karen Clark, chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s social work and housing committee and Raymond Bisset, non-executive director of NHS Grampian and chair of Aberdeenshire Community Health Partnership.

It includes five councillors and five members of the NHS Grampian Board as well as representatives from key stakeholders.

The proposed establishment of a joint board was discussed by Aberdeenshire Council at its meeting on Thursday and at the NHS Grampian Board meeting onMonday.

Although it is not expected to take effect until 2015 Aberdeenshire’s Transitional Leadership Group wants to make significant progress well in advance of this date.

Cllr Clark said: “Discussions have taken place in various forums over the past six months. Chief officers, clinical representatives, practitioners, community and voluntary sector representatives, elected members and non-executive board members have contributed to the debate.

“We considered a range of options but the joint board model represents the best option for Aberdeenshire,” she said.