Consultation on Borders social care plan

SBBN-29-10-15 Susan Manion NHS Borders
SBBN-29-10-15 Susan Manion NHS Borders

The Scottish Borders Health and Social Care partnership has today published the second draft of the Strategic Plan for a further round of engagement and consultation.

The plan sets out how Scottish Borders Council (SBC), NHS Borders and partners including third and independent sector organisations, plan to work better together to deliver more personalised care in order to achieve ‘Best Health, Best Care, Best Value’ for communities in the Borders.

This second draft, called ‘changing health & social care for you - a further conversation’, is based on what the partnership learned from listening to local people; service users, carers, members of the public, staff and partners, including third and independent organisations, during consultation in May/June this year.

Objective 9, ‘We want to improve support for unpaid carers to keep them healthy and able to continue in their caring role’, has been added as a new Strategic Objective following the last round of consultation in May and June of this year. This reflects the way in which engagement with the people who use and provide services is central to the development of the Strategic plan.

Members of the public are being asked for their views on this document by 11 December 2015 to help develop the final draft of the Strategic Plan which will be finalised early next year. The partnership will be present as a number of local events in the Borders to give members of the public the opportunity to have a chat about their views on health and social care. More information on the events, where and when will be advertised.

Susan Manion, Chief Officer for Health and Social Care in the Borders explained: “I am proud to present this second draft of the Strategic Plan for consultation. This builds on the progress that has already been made by NHS Borders, Scottish Borders Council and our partners to improve the services for all people in the Borders.

“This plan is based on what we learned from listening to local people; service users, carers, members of the public, staff and partners, including third sector and independent organisations.

“In the plan, nine objectives are listed that reflect what we heard you say is important to you. For each objective, we have set out what we intend to do to meet the objective and the changes that you can expect to see. We know that the different localities have different needs, and we have also addressed this issue in this version of the plan.

“We hope that you will now take the opportunity to comment on this second draft. Your opinion is important to us. We have added a ninth local objective ‘to improve support for unpaid Carers to keep them healthy and able to continue in their caring role’ because of what you told us.

“It is crucial that we get the views of as many people as possible to help develop the final draft of our Strategic Plan which will be finalised early next year. Once the plan is finalised, it will be reviewed and renewed on a three-year basis and once again, this process will be supported by a programme of public engagement on an ongoing basis.”

NHS Borders, SBC and voluntary and independent care partners are working together to put in place joint working arrangements with the aim of planning, commissioning and delivering services in a way that puts people at the heart of decision-making.

Integration of Health and Social Care is the Scottish Government’s legislation-led initiative to have a health and social care partnership for each of the 32 Council areas in Scotland by April 2016.

To download a copy of the strategic plan and/or to submit your views, please visit www.scotborders.gov.uk/integration