Health and social care chiefs are to review how Aberdeen’s services for adults with learning disabilities are offered after a multi-million-pound overspend.
A storm of increasing demand due to more people with severe conditions living into adulthood, a generally aging population and more complex care are some of the factors behind the city’s £2.6 million overspent for the last financial year.
The increased pressure has also lead to more staff in the service taking time off with stress and psychological conditions.
A paper to yesterday’s integrated joint board (IJB) meeting of Aberdeen Health and Social Care Partnership (AHSCP) said that it can cost between £100,000 to £250,000 to treat just one person with learning disabilities.
Now a panel of experts will be appointed from the Health Trust Europe, which has worked with other IJBs across the country, to review the service to look at what changes can be made and draw up a plan for improvements over 12 weeks.
A budget of £91,575 has been set for their intervention.
Work is already under way in integrating health and social care teams to better manage these conditions.