Community Members required for Locality Planning Groups in Argyll and Bute

PRESS RELEASE Community Members required for Locality Planning Groups in Argyll and Bute (CLICK HERE)

Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is committed to community members being involved in the planning of Health and Social Care services within Argyll and Bute. We would welcome 2 enthusiastic people to become members in each of the four locality planning groups across Argyll and Bute:

* Bute and Cowal

* Helensburgh and Lomond

* Oban, Lorn and Isles

* Mid Argyll Kintyre and Islands

What are Locality Planning Groups?

The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 expects that Health and Social Care Partnerships establish locality planning groups. These groups bring together NHS and Council staff, community members, carers, representatives from third and independent sectors and community-based groups who work together to improve the health and wellbeing of the community in which they live.

What do they do?

Locality Planning Groups come together to develop a locality plan, influence priorities in their local area, agree mechanisms for all members to contribute to the delivery of actions at a local level and review and regularly report progress to the Strategic Planning Group.

What are we looking for in a Community Member?

* Understanding and familiarity of their locality

* Awareness and experience in health and social care services

* Ability to commit to regular Locality Planning Meetings (at least 4 per year) for approximately 2 hours per meeting

* An interest and enthusiasm for engagement

* Are committed to the developing and delivering locality plans which reflect the needs and priorities of local people across Argyll and Bute.

Are you interested?

Anyone living in Argyll and Bute who experiences or cares for someone who experiences Health and Social Care services are eligible to apply. They can either be nominated by someone (with the nominees’ permission) or can nominate themselves. Volunteer expenses will be met in accordance with NHS Highland Volunteering Policy.

The original date to register an interest or nominate community members has been extended from the 3rd May to the 17th May 2019.

If you are interested please contact Jay Wilkinson, Public Involvement Officer no later than 17th May 2019, by email at: email hidden; JavaScript is required or by post at:


Blarbuie Road



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and let us know about the locality that you are interested in, your experience and why you would like to become a member of one of these groups.

Elaine Booth, Communications Officer

  1. 01436 635080 ext 15080

Contact Details to write or email, if you have concerns about Easdale Medical Practice New GP Contract.

 Alan McDevitt Scotland BMA


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Tel: 0131 247 3000 Fax: 0131 247 3001
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First Minister



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 Shona Robison



The Scottish Parliament
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Mike Russell


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What are the concerns?

  1. Dismantling a health serves that currently works well and patients are happy with.
  2. Increased travelling for patients
  3. Loss of autonomy will destabilise the practice structures and teams.
  4. Lack of security for the future, for recruitment and patients alike.
  5. Loss of current multidisciplinary team communication and structures.
  6. Reduction of quality and continuity of the current service.
  7. Fragmenting an existing service that is not broken.
  8. The proposed New Contract is unrealistic in rural areas.

For more information on the new GP Contract

To engage /follow on social media use

#RememberRural hashtag & follow @RuralGPScot, @RuralPatients, @ScotRural Action

There are also 7 Regional MSPs of different Political Parties who you could also write to.


What do we need?

 A commitment to Rural-proof the New GP Contract NOW.

  1. To have a significant contribution to the rural Short Life Working Group with representation by RGPAS(Rural GP Association of Scotland).
  2. A national rural enhanced service framework to allow practices to retain work, be resourced to do it and to enable more realistic and effective dialogue between practice teams and HSCPs
  3. A Correction Factor that adequately reflects the level of workload involved in rural practice and that adequately reflects and funds sustainable rural practice services