Grampian mental health & learning disability review

Thursday 11th July 2019

The three Integrated Joint Boards (IJBs) serving the north east of Scotland and NHS Grampian are carrying out a review of mental health and learning disability services.

The authorities hope to develop a strategic plan to support the ‘redesign and sustainability’ of services in the years to come. 

Many of Scotland’s health boards and partnerships have reported they face increasing financial pressures and recruitment challenges, posing a threat to the sustainability of services.

In recent months the Scottish Parliament’s Health & Sport Committee heard of the ‘tough choices’ on the horizon for the Aberdeen Integration Joint Board as it approved its budget for the following year.

Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen and Moray IJBs have come together with NHS Grampian to ask residents for their thoughts on a draft strategic plan.

The establishment of a ‘transformation board’ – with representatives from each health and social care partnership and from acute and specialist services – is one of the key recommendations in the new plan.

An integrated workforce plan is also promised, alongside a recommendation for greater collaboration between statutory and voluntary mental health and learning disability services.