Establishing a Shadow Health and Social Care Partnership

What was the issue you were addressing or working on?

West Dunbartonshire’s preparation and planning for the transitioning of the current Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP) arrangements to a shadow Health and Social Care Partnership from the 1st April 2014 includes agreement to make adjustments to the CHCP Scheme of Establishment, the development of shadow Integrated Joint Board arrangements and preparation of an integration plan in response to the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill.

What you did?

The planned transition to the shadow HSCP is been underpinned by an emphasis on maintaining continuity for services and staff as expressed in two core principles, that the proposed shadow HSCPs will be representative of a logical evolution from the current CHCP and that the shadow arrangement is framed around the CHCP’s current Scheme of Establishment, (with flexibility to accommodate any reshaping of the Bill).  As such, targeted adjustments to the current West Dunbartonshire CHCP Scheme of Establishment have been agreed by West Dunbartonshire Council and NHSGGC Health Board, including:

  • The CHCP Committee will have the additional role of operating as the shadow Integration Joint Board as from April 2014, with the current membership and standing orders.
  • The current CHCP Director will take on the additional role as the Chief Officer (CO) designate of the shadow Health and Social Care Partnership.
  • The Chair and Vice Chair of the CHCP/shadow Integrated Joint Board (IJB) with the Board and Council Chief Executives to frame the Chief Officers objectives.
  • The CO designate will be a member of the Council and Board corporate management teams.
  • The CHCP Committee/shadow IJB will develop its performance scrutiny and governance roles to reflect the emerging obligations of HSCPs as defined in Primary legislation and Statutory Guidance.
  • Planning arrangements remain unchanged for 2014/15 and the CO designate will lead development of the HSCP full strategic plan 2015/16, including joint planning for acute services.

What were the outcomes - benefits or otherwise?

This development has been shaped by on-going discussion with staff and key stakeholders, including the Professional Advisory group, Joint Partnership and Public Partnership forums.  It reflects that the CHCP is already well placed to deliver on established integrated plans and performance reporting embedded in our community planning approach to integrated service provision.

Contacts - to find out more

Mr Soumen Sengupta, Head of Strategy, Planning and Health Improvement – West Dunbartonshire Community Health & Care Partnership. 01389 737321