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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04658: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has made of the impact of the care in the community strategy on people being treated for substance misuse.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 23 November 2016

“Care in the Community” is not the name of any explicit strategy of the Scottish Government and therefore no discrete analysis of it exists.

Health and Social Care Partnerships are an important locus of community based care. The Partnerships have been designed explicitly to deliver a shift in the balance of care towards localised and community focussed interventions, where appropriate. In relation to adult health and social care, drug and alcohol services fall within the Partnerships’ remit.

Delivering improved outcomes through enhanced integration of service delivery is monitored and assessed via the National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes. Additionally, each of the Partnerships will publish an Annual Performance Report for the year 2016-17, by the end of July 2017. Though the outcomes and associated national indicators do not explicitly cover substance misuse, Partnerships will report progress in this area via appropriate local measures.

More specifically, the Scottish Government has developed annual reporting arrangements for Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs) to demonstrate their contribution to local outcomes. Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) exercise an accountability and oversight function of ADPs and use this information to inform local strategies.