Today NHS Greater Glasgow and Glasgow City Council approved exciting new plans to create five new integrated Community Health Partnerships (CHPs).
These innovative new Partnerships, which will be known as Community Health and Social Care Partnerships, will be developed across Glasgow to improve the way local health and social care services are organised and managed.
Run jointly by NHS Greater Glasgow and Glasgow City Council, they will be responsible for a wide range of community health and social care services delivered in local health centres, clinics and social work offices across the city. These include services provided by health visitors, district nurses, social workers, physiotherapists and dieticians. They will also be responsible for local community-based learning disability, mental health and addiction services.
The creation of CHPs is one of the most important changes in the Scottish Executive's Health White Paper, Partnership for Care.These new Partnerships aim to break down some of the barriers that have traditionally existed between community health, social care and specialist health services. This will make it easier for patients to access the local services they require regardless of whether these are provided by their CHP, hospital or local council.
CHPs will build on the work of the Local Health Care Co-operatives (LHCCs), which were previously responsible for managing local health services, but will be larger organisations with wider responsibilities and greater influence. All CHPs will develop strong links with local GPs, dentists, pharmacists and opticians. They will also play a lead role in improving the health of local people by working closely with local housing, leisure and education services and other organisations responsible for regeneration and employment.
In addition, local people across Glasgow will be given a greater say in the way their local health and social care services are provided through the creation of new Public Partnership Forums (PPFs), which all CHPs will be required to develop by March 2006. These PPFs will build on existing community engagement networks for service users and carers.
Tom Divers, NHS Greater Glasgow's Chief Executive said: "These new Partnerships will provide a real opportunity to redesign the way local health and social care services are delivered and increase the focus on health improvement across the city."
David Comley, Director of Social Work, Glasgow City Council, said: "The development of these new Partnerships will build on the success of Glasgow's existing joint health and social teams for Addictions, Learning Disability and Mental Health and ensure that local communities have a greater say in the development of local services."
A draft Scheme of Establishment, which sets out the broad principles for the development of the new Partnerships will now be submitted to the Scottish Executive for final approval. Further work will then be undertaken to develop detailed implementation plans and agree a managed process of transition from the existing organisational arrangements to the new Community Health and Social Care Partnerships during 2005/06.
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*A copy of the draft scheme of establishment is available on our website nhsgg.org.uk.
NHS Greater Glasgow and local authority partners are working together to develop two basic types of CHPs - an integrated CHP which will be responsible for local health and social care services (these will be known as Community Health and Social Care Partnerships) and a health CHP which will be responsible for local health services (these will be known as Community Health Partnerships)
The following 9 CHPs are being developed across NHS Greater Glasgow: