South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership (SLHSCP) has issued a vote of thanks to those who participated and offered views to shape a crucial plan.  The Strategic Commissioning Plan 2019 – 2022 will set out the key priorities in the ongoing development of health and social care services in South Lanarkshire over the next three years and beyond.

The plan is extremely important as it will also focus on the support that SLHSCP can provide to people in local communities to assist them to maximise their health and wellbeing.

Val de Souza, Director of Health and Social Care for SLHSCP, said: “In the spirit of our vision; Working together to improve health and wellbeing in the community – with the community, we are committed to listening and engaging with people throughout South Lanarkshire to help review our existing priorities and identify any emerging needs.  We’ve now have held a series of stakeholder events in our four localities and our primary mechanism for seeking the wider views of stakeholders and public was a digital online survey. The survey focused on eliciting crucial information on what people see as the priorities for health and social care delivery.”

Strategic commissioning is the term used for all the activities involved in assessing and forecasting needs, linking investment to agreed outcomes, considering options, planning the nature, range and quality of future services and working in partnership to put these in place.
A rich bank of information, views and feedback was gleaned from both the locality events and online survey. This information is currently being carefully analysed and considered as the process of structuring the Strategic Commissioning Plan 2019 – 2022 gets underway.

A draft of the plan is set to be presented to the Integration Joint Board of South Lanarkshire in March 2019 and will be published on the partnership website

Craig Cunningham, Head of Commissioning and Performance for South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “The importance of effective strategic commissioning for the success of integrated health and social care provision cannot be over-stated.  This plan will form the blueprint which SLHSCP will follow to improve health and wellbeing in communities – working with communities  – across the area.  We’d like to thank everyone who took time to come along to the locality events or fill out the online survey. The collective contribution has been immensely insightful and helpful.”

Among the key findings of the online survey were:

  • Strong support for the Partnership’s vision: Working together to improve health and wellbeing in the community – with the community
  • Support for current models of integrated teams working in the community, including the Integrated Community Support Team
  • Recognition of the vital role third sector and carers have in the partnership
  • Praise for current aids and adaptations service
  • A renewed focus required on mental health, children and young people
  • Building and improving communications between all agencies
  • A renewed focus required on Self-Directed Support (SDS) in order to optimise a person-centred approach and give people power and control over their lives
  • Improving the transition process for people moving through various elements of care