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Western Isles Health & Social Care Partnership

Strategic Plan Consultation

The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 provides the legislative framework for the integration of health and social care services in Scotland. It requires local authorities and health boards to integrate adult health and social care services.

The legislation requires Health Boards and Local Authorities to establish formal partnership arrangements to oversee the integration of services. Like most partnership areas, this has been done in the Western Isles through the creation of an Integration Joint Board (IJB), which is a partnership body designed to take decisions about how to invest resources and improve services. Its job is to integrate health and social care services into a single structure to improve service user outcomes and deliver a high quality care experience. The Western Isles IJB was formally brought into being by the Scottish Parliament on the 21st September 2015.

The IJB is not an organisation which employs members of staff but it does have the authority to direct the two parent bodies - the Health Board and Local Authority - about how it wants integrated services to be delivered. Each IJB will put in place a strategic plan for services and budgets under its control. We have until April 2016 to produce a strategic plan and it will cover a three year period. Over the last four months, we have been developing our plan with communities across all of the islands, to understand where priorities lie, and to ensure that we respond to those. It is unsurprising that we’ve had a multitude of views expressed in response.

The documents below include the draft strategic plan for the Western Isles Health and Social Care Partnership, an Executive summary and a questionnaire so that people can let us know whether they agree with the priorities set out in the plan. We are interested in hearing from the people who use our services, family carers, members of the public, community leaders, and members of staff across the NHS, Comhairle and third sector.

Draft Strategic Plan (PDF, 1.1M)

Executive Summary (PDF, 190K)

Questionnaire (MS Word, 300K)    Questionnaire (PDF, 95K)

(Questionnaire responses should be returned by 12th February 2016: by e-mail to or by post to HSC Consultation, CNES, Sandwick Road, Stornoway, HS1 2BW)


Public Consultation Events

A series of public consultation events will be held in the Western Isles in January and February 2016.  

These meetings will provide an opportunity to ask questions about the draft Strategic Plan for Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board and will take place during the formal consultation period of 13 January to 12 February 2016.

The meetings will take place as follows:

Tue 26 Jan        Public Engagement       7-9 pm                          Ness Community Hall
Wed 27 Jan       Public Engagement       6.30 – 8.30 pm              Chamber, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Sandwick Rd,  Stornoway
Mon 8 Feb        Public Engagement       7-9 pm                          Balivanich Community Hall
Tue 9 Feb         Public Engagement       7-9 pm                          Castlebay Community Hall
Wed 10 Feb      Public Engagement       7-9 pm                          Tarbert Community Hall

If you have any enquiries in advance then please contact, Catriona Mackenzie, on email or tel 01851 822706.