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Integration Scheme approval paves way for Partnership launch

Aberdeen’s Health & Social Care Integration Scheme has been approved by Scottish Ministers.

The decision means the city’s Integration Joint Board is now legally established, paving the way for the formal launch of the Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership on 1 April 2016.

The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 requires local councils and health boards to integrate the planning and delivery of a wide range of health and social care services. The Act required them to draw up an Integration Scheme, setting out how this will be achieved.

Local people, along with health and social care professionals, were widely consulted during the development of the scheme. It was then submitted to the Scottish Government for approval, which has now been given.

This means that GPs, hospitals, health workers, social care staff, and the Third Sector and independent sectors will work side-by-side to deliver joined-up services. This will improve services for patients, service users, carers, families and communities.

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