The Director of Public Health Annual Report for 2013-14 is now available:
The report highlights improvements in health. It also continues to illustrate that these improvements are not enjoyed across all of the population Our demography is changing and we face significant challenges for health and care in Grampian. As elsewhere in Scotland, our priorities are focusing on individuals and groups whose needs are greatest, supporting the growing proportion of older people, and assisting those with long-term conditions to live as well as they can.
There are important developments which affect our public services and will support our increasing resilience and integration - as organisations, communities and individuals. The implementation of the Joint Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 will see three Integrated Joint Boards − Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray - established in Grampian and responsible for health and social care services for adults. The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill 2014 aims to ensure greater involvement of communities in decisions which affect them.
These developments are reflected in a strong theme of the report - interdependence. Our work is dependent on partnerships within the NHS and across agencies. Our work is also crucially dependent on effective partnerships with patients and communities. The report includes examples of ambitious activities being delivered with our Community Panning Partners to illustrate some of the change which is underway. The 2013-14 report also contains key messages to help us make progress. For significant, sustainable benefits, we will have to deliver at scale.
We have a long history of partnership working in Grampian. We need to seize opportunities to enhance our progress, incorporating population health needs and aspirations into future planning.
To discuss any aspect of the report please contact the Editor of the Annual Report 2013-14, Dr Linda Leighton-Beck, firstname.lastname@example.org