About North of Scotland Collaborative About North of Scotland Collaborative

About North of Scotland Collaborative

North of Scotland Collaborative

The North of Scotland Collaborative is made up of the six NHS Boards in the North of Scotland - Grampian, Highland, Orkney, Shetland, Tayside and Western Isles, all eight Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs) across the region and the lead agency for integration in Highland.

The Health Boards have a long history of working together to improve health and health services for the population and now this partnership is being extended by the establishment of the North of Scotland Collaborative which is developing a Health and Social Care Delivery Plan for the North of Scotland.

The North of Scotland in numbers:

  • Population density - 28 people per km2, compared with 134 people per km2, rest of Scotland
  • Geography - 47,000 km2 
  • 93 inhabited islands with population of 104,000

The purpose of working more closely in the North of Scotland is to support the huge amount of work that is being done in all NHS Boards and HSCPs to improve health and service delivery for the people of the North. The Health and Social Care Delivery Plan for the North aims to drive those actions that can only be taken forward in collaboration across the region, or those where it is most efficient or effective to work closely together as partners.

A Vision for Health and Service Delivery in the North of Scotland

Many people working in health and social care across the North of Scotland have helped to develop a  vision for health and social care in the  North.

In 2025 we will be able to say that:

  • Where people live is much less of an issue as services can be accessed through the best digital infrastructure available
  • People in the North have equitable access to safe, effective and world class treatment and care
  • The North is regarded as the best place to work in the UK
  • The North is regarded internationally as a model of integration, partnership and public participation
  • Clinical services will operate as a single system and will be planned and delivered regardless of organisational boundaries
  • Very specialist services are stable and sustainable and provide good access for the population of the region