Corporate Plan 2022/23 to 2027/28
Corporate Plan Priority: Protecting and caring for our most vulnerable people
This priority contributes to delivery of the following outcomes or aspects of our vision:
- Communities are resilient, physically, digitally and socially connected
- People can achieve their best physical and mental health and have access to quality care and support when they need it
- Ensure we quickly identify children, young people and adults at risk of harm and abuse and take the necessary actions to keep them safe
- Ensure that people get the right care, accommodation and support where and when they need it
- Prepare for the establishment of the National Care Service and continue to strive for excellent health and social care outcomes for the people of Perth and Kinross
- Work with partners to reduce re-offending and support effective interventions for people in the justice system
We have an older population compared to the rest of Scotland, with 17.1% of residents aged over 70 in 2018, compared to 13.6% of the national population, and this number is projected to continue to increase significantly.
We work to deliver services which are fair and inclusive for all of our citizens. We work with our equalities networks to understand specific issues which affect equality protected groups.
We are committed to protecting children, young people and adults at risk of harm and abuse. We have well-established relationships in place with partner organisations to ensure that together we can act quickly when issues arise and move to take the necessary actions to help keep people safe.
While the majority of our population are fit and active until much later in life the needs of those who do need help are increasingly complex. This tied with our large and varied geography presents a challenge to ensuring that care and support is available where and when people need it.
Since its creation in 2016, Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership (PKHSCP) has been developing more integrated adult health and social care services across Perth and Kinross. While Children's and Families Services are not part of the PKHSCP, to ensure an effective approach to providing support at an early stage to prevent problems occurring, our services work closely with partners.
The Scottish Government has committed to establishing a National Care Service by 2026 which will replace the existing Health and Social Care Partnerships and may also, subject to further consultation, incorporate children and families services and criminal justice services within that. We will continue to monitor the progress of the National Care Service and work to ensure that service users, staff and partners are fully supported and vulnerable community members continue to receive the best service we can provide within available resources.