Shape the future of health and social care in Shire

The MACBI Community Hub in Mintlaw
The MACBI Community Hub in Mintlaw

Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership together with the Rural Area Partnerships are to hold events in Peterhead and Mintlaw as part of a series of community events throughout March.

The aim is to engage with local people on the future direction of health and social care services in Aberdeenshire.

From April 2016 adult health and social care services will be delivered by a partnership between Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian. The aim of integration is to provide a seamless service for patients and their families.

The new partnership will be overseen by a joint board comprising of Aberdeenshire Councillors and NHS Grampian Board members.

Before the Partnership can be established a local strategic plan needs to be developed. This plan will set out priorities to ensure high quality person centred care is provided and health and wellbeing improvements are achieved in Aberdeenshire.

Input from individuals, communities and other interested stakeholders will be key to ensuring that this plan delivers long-lasting benefits for Aberdeenshire’s communities.

One of the community events is taking place at the MACBI Centre, Mintlaw on Monday, March 16 with another at the Apex Church, Peterhead on Thursday, March 19.

There will be a buffet at 6.30pm for all those attending before the event gets underway at 7pm.

Adam Coldwells, Chief Officer of Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “We are keen that local people, community groups and key stakeholders all have an opportunity to discuss the changes and challenges ahead and more importantly help identify priorities

“I would encourage everyone to go along to one of the events so the plan reflects the views of people who deliver and those who require health and social care services.”

Once the draft plan has been developed it will be discussed by the Transitional Leadership Group who are overseeing the process towards integration, before a further public consultation later in the year.

It is hoped the final Strategic Plan will be submitted to the Scottish Government for approval in October.