Strategic Plan Review

Continuing the conversation to shape health and social care services which are fit for the future

Be part of the continuing conversation to shape adult health and social care services in Angus which are fit for the future.

The way that adult health and social care services are delivered by Angus Integration Joint Board (IJB), through Angus Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), is described in the Strategic Commissioning Plan. This ambitious plan has guided how health and social care services for adults in Angus have been delivered during 2019 – 2022. The plan was the output of activities involved in assessing and forecasting needs, linking investment to agreed outcomes, planning the nature, range and quality of future services and working in partnership to put these in place.

Due to a number of factors that have recently impacted on the health and social care sector, Angus IJB decided at its August 2021 meeting to extend the plan for a further year and develop a new plan for the 2023 – 26 period. The new plan will take effect from April 2023.

To take part in our survey please click here.

Our current plan identifies four strategic priorities:

  • Improving health wellbeing and independence
  • Supporting care needs at home
  • Integrated and enhanced primary care and community responses
  • Integrated pathways with acute and specialist providers for priorities in care

Since Angus HSCP was created in 2016, we continue to make improvements in a number of areas. For example:

In 2022 93.3% of the 65+ population are living at home (supported and unsupported) compared to 91% in 2016.

98% of service users receiving personal care at home (at time of review) feel that services help them to stay as well as they can be.

The average age of a person placed in a care home is approximately 85.3 years compared to 84, meaning that people are able to stay at home for longer.

Other examples of improvement include:

Integrated Care, first tested in Monifieth, where a wide range of health and social care professionals work together to improve a person’s outcomes. This is being rolled out across Angus.

First Contact Physiotherapy (FCP). This is for people, 16 years and over, who contact their GP looking for help with a muscle, back or joint problem. The GP practice can book an appointment directly with FCP for assessment, support and advice.

Mental health and wellbeing peer support workers in every GP Practice in Angus. Using their own lived experience of mental health recovery, Peer Workers offer authenticity and a unique insight that can enable and empower positive wellbeing.

Social Prescribers, are in every GP Practice in Angus offering non-clinical support to help people and empower them to take greater control over their health and wellbeing.

Supporting unpaid carers. Working in partnership with Angus Carers Centre, Angus HSCP has continued to support the implementation of its strategy for unpaid carers, developed in partnership with adult and young carers. Achievements include the relaunch of the improved carer’s emergency card alongside a new carer’s emergency planning template. A Carer Pathway has been introduced to signpost carers more clearly to the appropriate agency to support them.  

Palliative and End of Life Care Plan which has led to improvements to care and information provided to patients and their families and a range of staff education opportunities.

Expanded the use of technology to support people to live independently in their own homes. This includes the launch of Independent Living Angus ( a free online self-assessment platform which provides professional advice and helps people to build a healthy ageing plan.

  Information on progress against each of the priorities can be found here.

Angus HSCP values the positive and strong working relationships with its Third and Independent Sector partners. We operate within an evolving framework of legislation, regulations and national guidance that shape our responsibilities to the people of Angus and influence how we deliver our services. As we prepare to update our plan we do so in the knowledge of the changes to legislation on the horizon, in particular the establishment of a National Care Service by 2025.

We would like to invite you to tell us about what is important to you about health and social care and what you think about our vision and our current priorities. We are keen that as many people as possible have the opportunity to provide feedback to ensure that the new plan is as comprehensive as it can be. 

We welcome comments from members of the public, users of health and social care services, staff of Angus Council and NHS Tayside, providers of health and social care services, the housing sector and any other individual or group with an interest in, or experience of, health and social care services.

Please leave your feedback by clicking the link to this survey.

The closing date for responses is Friday 16 September 2022.

We look forward to hearing your views. Your responses will inform our Strategic Commissioning Plan for 2023-2026. You will be offered the opportunity to comment on the revised plan later in the year.

Please note, if printed, the survey can be returned to Angus HSCP either by scanning and emailing to or by posting to: Angus Health & Social Care Partnership, Angus House, Orchardbank, Forfar, DD8 1AN.

This document and questionnaire is available in different formats and languages on request. Please contact us for further information on or call 01307 491796.

If you are or you know someone who is a BSL user who would like to complete the survey but is unable to complete the electronic version, please contact us via the Contact Scotland BSL Service, the on-line British Sign Language interpreting video relay service to provide your feedback, on or call 0131 510 4555.

Many thanks for your input.

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