The purpose of the strategic commissioning plan is to set out the Highland approach to commissioning services for older people between 2014-2019 in terms of quantified quality, volume, value and location, and to set out how this is to be achieved.
NHS Highland currently spends around £500m per annum on providing or delivering adult care services, with around half of this on older people. The challenge for this plan is to ensure that this resource is used to achieve the outcomes based on what people have told us they need and our understanding of what would meet these needs. The plan also needs to move us away from traditional ways of thinking about meeting people’s needs in terms of beds and buildings and towards a greater emphasis on early intervention and anticipatory support. In achieving this shift, it is intended that a more vibrant and energised care market will be created; maximising potential for self directed support and creating opportunities for greater choice and innovation for how people’s needs can be met.