Have a say in HSCP’s ‘most challenging’ strategic plan

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Kintyre residents are being encouraged to participate in Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership’s (HSCP) first digital online community consultation on its next three-year strategic plan.

The strategic plan outlines the HSCP’s vision and values and details how health and social care resources are governed, allocated and operationally managed.

Kristin Gillies, senior planning manager for the HSCP, said: ‘As we are all in unprecedented times with Covid-19, this strategic plan, which will cover 2022-2025, will possibly be the most challenging one that we have ever produced.

‘The pandemic meant that, at very short notice, we had to significantly change how we delivered health and social services across Argyll and Bute to ensure that, as much as possible, we protect the public and our staff from Covid-19.

‘The remote and rural nature of the HSCP, coupled with our demographics, also means that we have our own specific challenges in delivering health and social care services across Argyll and Bute.

‘The recent significant increase in the use of technology because of Covid-19 has provided us with an opportunity to learn and develop how we deliver services to ensure that our patients receive the care they need at the time they need it. This will all help prepare us for the future.

‘Our strategic plan needs to be intentional and considered about what we are planning to do and, at the same time, we will be continuing to develop and transform our services so that we can continue to provide high quality health and social care services for the people of Argyll and Bute.’

The HSCP has set out four new priority areas that it wants all its services, whether internally provided or purchased externally, to work towards.

These are:

  • Prevention, early intervention and enablement
  • Choice and control and innovation
  • Healthy living and active citizenship
  • Community co-production (working with communities to produce local community services)

‘We can’t do all of this on our own,’ added Mrs Gillies, ‘so we really want to hear from our communities and empower the people of Argyll and Bute to have their own voices heard, their experiences valued and to tell us what they would like included in the strategic plan.

‘We will also be launching a digital community listening tool where members of the public will be able to submit their own questions, vote on questions shared by others and share their ideas and thinking to help shape our planning for the next three years.

‘If anyone wants to offer more detailed feedback, they are welcome to complete an online community consultation survey and feedback their thoughts and proposals for the plan.

‘Further information on all of the above can be accessed at www.bit.ly/ABStrategicPlan

‘If anyone does not have online access or wishes a hard copy of the community consultation survey, we would ask them to call 01586 865886 and we will arrange for one to be posted out.’