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As a vast area, the Highlands has its own challenge when it comes to protecting communities. This section will simplify access to all the community portals and other information about the communities

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Community Council Websites (Highland Life)

Alphabetical list of Community Council Sites hosted on Highland Life.

Community Councils

Community Councils were established as a result of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. They do not have statutory duties or powers, and are essentially voluntary bodies established within a statutory framework.


For further information about Integrating Care in the Highlands relating to adults and children's services please contact:

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What is Integrating Care in the Highlands / Planning for Integration?

On 16 December 2010, the Board of NHS Highland and The Highland Council agreed in principle to commit to planning for the integration of health, education and social care services. They asked for a formal implementation plan to be developed and brought back to The Highland Council and NHS Highland Board on 12 May 2011.

On 21 March 2012, Members of The Highland Council and the Board of NHS Highland agreed to a ground breaking partnership agreement between NHS Highland and The Highland Council to improve outcomes for the people of the Highlands through the development of integrated health and social care services. The agencies are leading the way in Scotland for the way key caring services are delivered.

From 1 April 2012, NHS Highland became the lead agency for adult services and The Highland Council became the lead agency for children's services in the Highlands.

Why should services be integrated?

Demographic changes in the Highland area mean that we have an increasingly ageing population to care for. As a result, we have to change the way we deliver our services and make our processes as efficient as possible if we are to care adequately for the people living in this area. We also have to recognise the impact this may have on children’s services.

Separately, the Scottish Government is currently exploring ways to drive integration of services forward, meaning that it is no longer optional. However, by beginning the process now, Highland has an opportunity to influence the national situation.

What processes were followed?

The planning for integration project began with the agreement between NHS Highland and The Highland Council in December 2010. A report outlining the preferred method of implementation, and identifying the the benefits and risks, was presented to the joint meeting of the NHS Highland Board and The Highland Council on 12 May 2011.

The detail of the changes required to achieve integration were decided by everyone involved in health, education and social work services – both people using the services and those working within the services.

As part of this process, consultations were undertaken with people who used the services. At the same time, workshops and meetings with staff, trades unions, user groups, as well as independent and voluntary sector organisations, addressed how integration might be practically implemented.

What were the timescales for integration?

Following the joint meeting of the NHS Highland Board and The Highland Council on 12 May 2011 and their agreement to progress to planning for integration, a full high level plan for integration was prepared for the Board and Full Council in March 2012.

The detail of this plan and the changes required to achieve integration, were decided by - and in consultation with - people living in Highland, and everyone involved in delivering these services in the area.

Would the Highland model be based on another tried and/or implemented elsewhere?

The Highland approach will not be a replication of any other model. However, NHS Highland and The Highland Council will examine what has happened in other areas take on board and learn from their experiences where appropriate.

How were the new responsibilities allocated?

Where they had a shared responsibility for delivering services, The Highland Council and NHS Highland explored whether one of them could take the lead role in delivery of these services.

The NHS Highland Board and The Highland Council agreed to develop the proposals on the basis that the most appropriate single lead agency for the delivery of Adult Care is NHS Highland and that the most appropriate single lead agency for Children’s Services is The Highland Council.

What would integrated service delivery look like?

The Highland Council and NHS Highland agreed to explore changes that would “improve the quality of education, health and social care services, ensuring they are effective and efficient.” Most importantly the changes should enable public sector organisations to meet the needs of the people of Highland.

The statement of intent by The Highland Council and NHS Highland is: “The Highland Partnership is committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for our population and service users. We believe that services should be person-centred and enabling, should anticipate and prevent need as well as react to it, should be evidence based and acknowledge risk. We will improve the quality and reduce the cost of services through the creation of new, simpler, organisational arrangements that are designed to maximise outcomes and through the streamlining of service delivery to ensure it is faster, more efficient and more effective.”

The solution for Highland was designed specifically for this area and took into account the variety of integration models tried and tested by other areas of the country.

Is this just for health and social work services?

The integration proposed for children’s services includes aspects of education, as well as some health and social work services.

Have some services of NHS Highland and The Highland Council already been integrated?

The Highland Council and NHS Highland believe that integrating the delivery of services for children and adults in Highland will improve the experience for everyone. Through The Highland Partnership, The Highland Council and NHS Highland have made considerable progress towards integration of services for adults and children.

  • Joint Future was launched around 2002 and has evolved to focus on improving services for older people and those in need of community care services. As part of this, community planning has grown at local and Highland level with a wide range of stakeholders now regularly involved in planning and delivering services.
  • Steps to integrate children’s services have begun, first through the integrated plans developed as part of For Highland’s Children, and then through GIRFEC. This has moved services into a more streamlined and child-centred focus, reducing bureaucracy, simplifying process especially for families and reducing duplication for staff across agencies.

Why did it need to be taken further?

Changes already carried out had already improved services for people living in Highland. However, some barriers still remained and The Highland Council and NHS Highland believe that full integration would further improve services by offering more responsive and flexible approaches to service delivery.

Evaluation of GIRFEC (Getting It Right For Every Child) confirmed a need to make integrated practice the norm, with associated developments in quality assurance and access to services.

For adult services, it is anticipated that integration will help to achieve sustained reductions in delayed discharge, as well as a shift in care delivery from institutions to community based care, and the sustained shift from re-active to pro-active care.

By integrating services, the organisational and structural constraints that impact on our ability to modernise will be reduced.

What are the kinds of changes likely to be made in practice during integration?

The Better Health Better Care project has outlined the following descriptions of how the changes will affect services in health, education and social work:

Current Post integration

Geared towards acute conditions → Geared towards long-term conditions

Hospital centred → Embedded in communities

Doctor dependent → Team based

Episodic care → Continuous care

Disjointed care → Integrated care

Reactive care → Preventative care

Patient as passive recipient → Patient as partner

Self care infrequent → Self-care encouraged and facilitated

Carers undervalues → Carers supported as partners

Low tech → High tech

What principles guided progress to integration?

  1. Improvements to patients, families, and carers must be central to change.
  2. A new solution must address the majority of current issues.
  3. If/when challenges and complications arise, they must pose less of a risk to the quality of services than the current position.
  4. Governance must be explicit and assured.
  5. New arrangements must be worked through with staff and trade unions across organisations.
  6. Costs must be the same or less than under the present set-up.

Is NHS Highland taking over The Highland Council responsibilities? Or is The Highland Council taking over NHS Highland?

Neither. This is not a take-over by either agency. Lead agency arrangements are governed by commissioning plans which spell out accountabilities, responsibilities and jointly agreed outcomes for the services provided to patients. The organisations retain their accountability but the responsibility for delivery of the service remains with the lead agency.

Was a plan designed for the integration of services?

The plan for integration was designed by people who use education, health and social work services in Highland, in partnership with the people currently working in the services.

What values underpin the model for integration?

  • Services should be person centred, respecting individual need and circumstance; users must be involved as partners in the design and delivery of care.
  • Services should be enabling; designed and delivered to support people to achieve their own maximum potential, independence and attainment
  • Improvements in service quality (user experience, effectiveness and efficacy) should be the priority, and achieving this will in turn improve efficiency and reduce cost.
  • Services need to be preventative and anticipatory, as well as reactive and responsive.
  • Those who deliver services, service users and their carers need to acknowledge that risks cannot be eliminated and that approaches to maximise a user’s potential may require the acceptance of a higher level of risk.
  • The intention of a service intervention needs to be clear and understood; services need to be effective and deliver the outcomes intended.

Who should I contact if I have a query about integration?

For information on Adult Service (NHS Highland Health and Social Care) please contactL [email protected] and for information on Children's Services (The Highland Council Health and Social Care) please contact: [email protected]

For employees of NHS Highland and The Highland Council, an issues was set up to record all queries and to ensure that they were / are addressed through the process of integration.

The human resources and finance departments of both organisations contributed to the development of the initial plan. The Scottish Government also provided support, including through the funding for the national “Change Fund”.

I have raised an issue already. What has happened to that?

All issues were collated into an issues log which were shared with the Programme Board and the Staff Partnership Forum. These issues contributed to further informing the queries presented here as answers develop and will be considered as the issues of employment, leadership and management structures are addressed through the project development.

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Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Hilton, Milton & Castleheather Community Council

The website of Hilton, Milton & Castleheather Community Council

Our meetings are held in Hilton Community Center, Hilto Village

Meeting Feb.24th 2010 will start at 7.00 & end at 8.25

All residents of our area welcolme

A new location is being looked into.


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Jargon Buster

Planning for Integration involves a wide range of people – people using the health, education and social care services, as well as their carers and families; employees of both NHS Highland and The Highland Council; professional organisations; trades unions; as well as everyone involved in delivering the services now and in the future.

To help everyone have a shared understanding of the terms being used to describe the various aspects of the service, a glossary of terms – or jargon-buster – has been developed. The jargon buster will aim to provide definitions of key terms being used in relation to Planning for Integration.

To view the jargon buster click here.

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Useful links to other LGBT organisations.

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Minginish Community Council

The homepage for Minginish Community Council,

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News feeds and Twitter updates from our partner agencies.

NHS Highland

This links to the current policies of NHS Highland for NHS Highland staff and for staff who have transferred to The Highland Council (until advised otherwise).

Northern Constabulary

Northern Constabulary

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Participation Framework

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Number of Posts: 1


This page is currently being developed.

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The Highland Council

The Highland Council

The Highland Council

This links to the current policies of The Highland Council for Highland Council staff and for staff who have transferred to NHS Highland (until advised otherwise).

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Project part-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) within the INTERREG IIIB Northern Periphery Programme