The Highland Learning Disability Provider Forum (the Forum) aims to provide the opportunity for organisations working with people with learning disabilities in Highlands to:
- Improve collaborative and supportive working through sharing good practice and live issues.
- Improve collaboration with health, community planning, advocacy and social care colleagues.
- Contribute to the strategic development planning process.
- Improve capacity to implement policy and legislative frameworks, particularly – The Keys to Life, Health and Social Care Integration (HSCI), and Self Directed Support (SDS).
- Improve skills and knowledge throughout the work force.
Representatives from NHS Highland regularly attend and contribute to Forum meetings.
The Forum is chaired by one of the members of the group, who is elected by Forum Members. The Chairperson chairs Forum meetings, help to draw up the Agenda with the Facilitator, identifies guest speakers to be invited, attends other groups and meetings and takes other appropriate action on behalf of the Forum and its membership as required. Hazel MacDonald from Cantraybridge is the current Chairperson.
The Forum is facilitated by an ARC Scotland team member – Julie Ritchie. They are responsible for organising meetings, inviting guest speakers, taking minutes, maintaining a list of members and circulating information and papers to the members and other appropriate people connected to the Forum.
- Wednesday 15th January 2020
- Wednesday 15th April 2020
- Wednesday 1st July 2020
- Wednesday 7th October 2020
Meeting time will normally be 1 – 3pm (but may be extended depending on number of guests/discussions).
* Venue usually alternates each meeting *
Information from Meetings
The Provider Forum keeps up to date with local and national information and activity around key Government policies:
The Keys to Life
The Keys to Life is the Scottish Government’s Strategy for improving the quality of life for people with learning disabilities. For more information visit keystolife.info.
Self Directed Support
The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 places a duty on local authority social work departments to offer people who are eligible for social care a range of choices over how they receive their support. More information at: