The Highland Health and Social Care Partnership comprises Highland Council and NHS Highland and from 1 April 2012, NHS Highland became responsible for the delivery of adult health and social care services under a lead agency model. Council staff who previously provided adult care services, including social workers, day care staff and home carers, have now all transferred to NHS Highland. Detailed information about integrating care in the Highlands can be accessed using the web-link on the right hand side of this page.
The Scottish Government wants us all to help build a more successful country with opportunity for all of Scotland to flourish. What they aim to achieve is set out in 15 national outcomes. Housing, health and social care services work together to contribute to a number of them. These include helping people live longer healthier lives, tackling inequality and strengthening public services.
At a local level the Single Outcome Agreement (SOA) is an agreement between the Scottish Government and the Highland Community Planning Partnership (HCPP) which sets out how Highland’s public agencies will work together to contribute to these national outcomes. The SOA has set some important targets. For example:
- Offering help to more older people in their own homes
- Offering more intensive support at home
- Using new technologies more often to deliver care in smarter ways.
The SOA and other tragets such as HEAT have helped the new integrated service to identify outcomes. These outcomes, together with outcomes measures, has been brought together in a single Adult Services Performance Framework.