Ageing wi' Opportunities – Launch of the consultation for the first Aberdeen City Joint Commissioning Strategy.

Older people are an asset and we should celebrated that we are living longer with many older people remaining fit and well, living in communities without the need for professional support.

Although it's recognised that health problems generally increase with age, ill health and disability should not be an inevitable consequence of growing older in Aberdeen City.

Our shared vision is "Working with you to make Aberdeen a great place to grow old and flourish, by maximising choice and promoting independence."

The launch of this consultation, which coincides with the United Nations "International Day of Older Persons" offers people the opportunity to give feedback on what is important to them and to help to shape our services for the future. We are asking the people of Aberdeen, older people, patients, service users, carers, citizens and professionals to respond and give feed back on our proposed commissioning priorities.

In our consultation we have looked at what older people have already told us they need from health and social care. We have focused on outcomes and how these can be achieved by working together in partnership, linking with the Single Outcome Agreement themes of:

Healthier, Safer & Stronger, Wealthier & Fairer, Smarter, Greener, Best value and making best use of resources

You can find a copy of the consultation document and questionnaire at:

Aberdeen City Council website:

http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/council_government/consultations/cst_CurrentConsultation.asp

NHS Grampian website:

http://www.nhsgrampian.org/nhsgrampian/gra_display_hospital.jsp?pContentID=568&p_applic=CCC&p_service=Content.show&

Community Planning Partnership Aberdeen (incorporating ACVO) website:

http://www.communityplanningaberdeen.org.uk/Internet/Consultations/ConsultationsIntro.asp

In addition to this we have developed an electronic questionnaire, which is available on survey monkey to capture people's views:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Joint_Commissioning_Strategy_for_Older_People

Watch this space...

We hope to engage stakeholders and to capture their views on the content of our consultation draft and get responses to the questions asked in the document in order to inform the development of our long term strategy document consistent with our shared vision. We are arranging a series of consultation events, the first of which will be on Monday, 29 October 2012 at the Beach Ballroom from 9 am till 12:30 pm. If you wish to attend please contact 01224 523135 or email jointcommissioning@aberdeencity.gov.uk or write to us at the address below.

The consultation period will be from 28th September 2012 until 9 November 2012.

If you have any questions about the proposed consultation please contact:

Dorothy Askew or Kennedy Nelson

Planning & Development Manager(s) (Joint Commissioning)

Social Care & Wellbeing

Business Hub 8

1st Floor North

Marischal College

Broad Street

Aberdeen

AB10 1AB

JointCommissioning@aberdeencity.gov.uk

01224 52(2856) or 01224 52(2047)