Health and Transport Action Plan Annual Report

Lucy Johnston 2018, News

Partnership working in Grampian across the health, social care and transport sectors is reported in the Health & Transport Action Plan (HTAP) Annual Report 2016-2017. 

The Health & Transport Acton Plan is progressed through collective action by Grampian wide partner organisations across health, social care and transport sectors and include NHS Grampian, Nestrans, Scottish Ambulance Service, Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen City Council, The Moray Council, the three Health & Social Care Partnerships and importantly the third sector.  The HTAP sets out strategic visions for partnership working with specific focus around the themes of access to health and social care and transport impacts on public health.  The purpose of the HTAP is to add strategic value to the work being done by partner organisations and to build on existing partnership working. The Partnership reports each year to the three Community Planning Partnerships within Grampian.

The annual report summarises key developments in partnership working, including, details of projects being jointly funded, such as, THInC (Travel to Health & Social Care Information Centre) providing travel advice for those attending health and social care appointments; the THInC: In The City transport service; a Travel Planning pilot being carried out at the new Inverurie Health & Social Care Hub and the Grampian Volunteer Transport Awards.

Chair of the HTAP Steering Group, Gerry Donald of NHS Grampian said, “The annual report highlights the good work being done by partner organisations by further developing partnership working across the health, social care and transport sectors.  Many of the issues facing our communities around access to services and public health related to transport are complex and long term in nature.  The HTAP sets out a strategic vision to inform and guide collaboration between organisations.”

Vice Chair of the HTAP Steering Group, Derick Murray, Director of Nestrans said, “Partnership working is at the heart of the Health & Transport Action Plan.  Issues of access to health and social care and the public health impacts associated with the transport system are common across the region.  The annual report provides an opportunity to highlight to Community Planning Partnerships the types of collaboration being developed through HTAP.”

Virginia Irvine-Fortescue who sits on the HTAP Steering Group as a public representative said, “Effective non-emergency patient transport to health and social care is fundamental to the health of the population throughout the Grampian region, involving the city, large towns and the vast rural areas of small communities across the region.  It’s a huge challenge but one to which we are all fully committed.”