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Reshaping Care for Older People

What is Reshaping Care for Older People?

This involves the integration of some health and social care services, with staff from the NHS and local authorities forming teams and sharing premises, equipment, assessment processes and eventually budgets.

The Aberdeen Partnership approach to service users' needs aims to avoid delays caused by referrals between health and social care, as well as arguments about funding or who is responsible. Early intervention, assessment, and rehabilitation should also help to avoid unnecessary admission to hospital and care homes. Discharge planning beginning at the point of admission to hospital should help to reduce delayed discharge by ensuring that all relevant staff are involved, informed, co-ordinated and committed to the process.

Central to the Aberdeen Partnership philosophy is the role of families and carers, and recognising and valuing the services they provide through the involvement of carers and service users in the consultation and planning process for change.

The Aberdeen Partnership Vision for all

Our shared vision, for all community care groups, is of an integrated health and social care service, sharing equipment, premises and budgets, with minimum bureaucracy and maximum efficiency, which will involve service users, carers and front-line employees in its planning and processes, and which will provide equal and easy access to health and social care services for everyone, whoever they are, whatever they do, and wherever they live in the Aberdeen City.

Among our main aims are ease of access, and speedy delivery of services. This will be achieved through people not having to wait while health and social work make referrals to one another, or decisions as to which agency is responsible for funding.

Another main aim is avoiding unnecessary admissions to hospital or care homes, and enabling people to remain at home for as long as they are able, or wish to do so. This will be achieved through early intervention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, support and rehabilitation, with the aim of promoting people's health, independence and welfare.

Aberdeen Partnership is also concerned to increase support for families and other informal carers, recognising and valuing the service which they provide while, at the same time, developing the ability of both service- users and carers to participate meaningfully in planning and service delivery.

In Aberdeen there are Integrated Health and Social Care Teams based around the current Primary Health Care Teams. The addition of care managers and occupational therapists will create new teams in Practices in the City. Strong links will be forged with the full range of allied health professionals and the voluntary sector. These teams were formed across the city from autumn 2003 onwards.

Initially this change covered all services for care of older people, but it has been rolled out to other client groups, such as Mental Health, Physical Disability, Learning Disability etc. 

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Contacts

  • Beverley Johnson
    Project Administrator
    Social Care and Wellbeing
    Aberdeen City Council
    Business Hub 8
    1st Floor North
    Marischal College
    Broad Street
    Aberdeen
    AB10 1AB
    Phone: 01224 523135
    Fax: 01224 523195
    Email: bjohnson@aberdeencity.gov.uk

  • Sandy Reid
    Programme Development Manager
    Social Care and Wellbeing
    Aberdeen City Council
    Business Hub 8
    1st Floor North
    Marischal College
    Broad Street
    Aberdeen
    AB10 1AB
    Phone: 01224 522245
    Fax: 01224 523195
    Email: sandyreid@aberdeencity.gov.uk