INTRODUCTIONWe have identified four priorities for improvement for health and social care from what we have learned from public participation, our needs assessment, our current performance and from the direction set by the national outcomes and other national policy drivers. There is both synergy and overlap between our priorities so we expect to work closely together to deliver progress. Alongside our improvement plans we must ensure that we achieve financial sustainability. Work is progressing to provide detail for each priority area and this will be identified in our delivery plan but also shown within this dashboard. Data in this dashboard is selected from the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and the latest performance reports.
Each Health and Social Care Partnership must prepare a strategic “integration plan” for the integration of their health and social care services. Angus Council, whose local authority area has been divided for this purpose into three “localities”, has recently undertaken analysis of health and social care data that is to inform its own strategic integration plan.
Angus occupies an area of 2,182 square kilometres in the east of Scotland with a population of over 116,000 meaning that there are 53 people per square kilometre across the entire area. The population live in a network of interrelated communities including seven towns, a large number of villages and smaller settlements set in a varied and diverse countryside – over 25% of people in Angus live in rural areas.