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Health and Social Care Planning Processes

The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 put in place legislative framework to integrate health and social care services in Scotland. In Highland there is a lead-agency agreement, with NHS Highland overseeing planning and delivery for all adult health and social care services, and the Highland Council children's adult health and social care services.

The governance of the Highland partnership is managed by the Joint Monitoring Committee which consists of the two lead agencies, representatives from the third sector, and independent partners, service users and carers. You can find out more information about the committee here. 


NHS Highland adult health and social care services

In the Act there is provision for locality areas, theses are smaller areas within the borders of an Integration Authority. For adult health and social care services, SLWR is part of the NHS Highland Area 'Skye, Lochalsh, Wester Ross and Lochaber' with a dedicated Area Manger, and the 'Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross District ' with a dedicated District Manger (see here for contact details) 

The third sector and SLCVO's role in Health and Social Care Planning

To ensure Health and Social Care processes deliver quality and relevant services, service providers need the direct involvement and leadership of representatives from the third sector and local communities.


SLCVO work with NHS Highland to ensure there is representation from SLWR the third sector and communities in local and regional planning, recent examples include:

  • The North Skye Improvement & Sir Lewis Ritchie Delivery Group

  • NHSH Skye Communications & Engagement Working Group

  • NHS Highland Together We Care Strategy find out more information 

  • NHS Highland Adult Mental Health and Learning Disability Services 5 year Strategy


We also support national consultation's for Health and Social Care Planning such as:

  • The Social Care and National Care Service Development Directorates National Care Service Regional Forums 2023, find out more information 

  • The Healthcare Improvement Scotland Strategy for 2023-2028, find out more information 

To keep up to date with national, regional and local third sector participation activity sign up for SLCVO monthly Third Sector Bulletin here or follow our Facebook page.

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Find out more about the Highland Highland Health and Social Care Partnership here 

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The purpose of Healthcare Improvement Scotland is to enable the people of Scotland to experience the best quality of health and social care. Find out more information here 

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Download NHS Highland Together we Care strategy  here 

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