Angus approves health & care plans

‘Ambitious’ strategic commissioning plan approved by IJB

Friday 26th April 2019

The body that brings together social care and some health services in Angus has set out its priorities for how it will continue to integrate services over the next three years.

Key areas of focus in the Strategic Commissioning Plan approved by Angus health and care partnership’s governing board include improving health and independence, helping people to be cared for at home and shifting services so more people are cared for in their community, not hospitals.

Financial management is becoming ‘more challenging’ because of ‘increasing levels of demand’ at a time when resources are squeezed, the plan says.

The partnership hopes to address this by developing capacity in charities that can provide prevention and early intervention support.

Vicky Irons, chief officer at the partnership, said: “The plan reflects the many conversations we have had with the people of Angus and our professional colleagues across all sectors and services about what health and social care integration means to them and the services that they value highly.

“A lot of good work is already taking place across our communities but we know more needs to be done if we want to see further improvement to the health and wellbeing of the people of Angus and to reduce the health inequalities that exist in Angus. This plan is ambitious but we are also realistic about what can be achieved with the resources available to us.”