This National Delivery Plan will help to maximise AHPs’ contribution and effectiveness by:
• empowering strong professional leadership
• enabling the development of integrated teams across health and social care services to support continuous improvement
• developing innovative new models of care and fully utilising innovation in health technology
• creating added value beyond health and delivering excellent outcomes for people who use services, their families and carers
• providing effective, efficient solutions to the challenges of delivering national policies within a reducing financial envelope
• strengthening partnerships with the third and independent sectors and other agencies.
The Delivery Plan applies to all AHPs in Scotland, which will be particularly important as the new health and social care partnerships (HSCPs) emerge. It has evolved following a process of national consultation which provided strong support for the vision and direction of travel of the National Delivery Plan from a wide range of stakeholders. It was particularly encouraging to see the active engagement of the third sector in the consultation process, signalling their wish to develop strategic alliances with AHPs, working in partnership with us towards a common purpose.
The Delivery Plan focuses on the period 2012-2015 and provides a strategic platform for future AHP activity. We recognise that further support will be required to support implementation, and I will be working with AHP leads and others to develop appropriate resources for this purpose.
The Plan demonstrates the contribution AHPs can make and the impact they can have on the delivery of national policy, on the experiences of people who use services, their families and carers, and on outcomes across health and social care sectors. It makes explicit the alignment of AHP leadership and practice towards the delivery of the nationally agreed outcomes for integration of health and social care services and shows how better value can be extracted from AHP expertise from strategic to frontline levels, demonstrating the added value of preventative, upstream approaches in enabling people to live well and for as long as possible in their own homes and communities.
Fundamentally, the Delivery Plan defines the future vision for AHPs and the services they deliver. In doing this, it focuses specifically on a number of high-level outcomes that AHP services will effect, with key actions defined.