Community Health Partnership

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Community Health Partnerships, known as CHPs (pronounced Chips) are subdivisions of Health Boards in Scotland.

CHPs have four roles within their locality:


In 2003 it was announced that CHPs would be set up as a means to devolve more power to frontline staff, and allow the NHS to work more effectively with other organisations, such as local authorities and the voluntary sector.[1] At the time, this model was viewed as a way to better integrate health services with the council’s social work department and some areas of children’s services.[2]

1n 2011 Audit Scotland produced a report on the performance of the CHPs.[3] The review found there was limited evidence to show CHPs had brought about widespread sustained improvements in services.[4]


CHPs typically are co-terminous with council areas and represent a district or area within one of the 14 Scottish Health Board regions. However, this is not always strictly the case (see below).

The two Lanarkshire CHPs are co-terminous with the North and South Lanarkshire council boundaries and, as a result, incorporate some population from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as well as the NHS Lanarkshire catchment area. The North Lanarkshire CHP includes a population of approximately 16,500 from the Chryston, Moodiesburn, Muirhead and Stepps districts of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The South Lanarkshire CHP includes a population of approximately 55,000 from the Cambuslang and Rutherglen areas of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The following council areas each contain several CHPs: City of Glasgow, Fife, Highland.

List of Community Health Partnerships[edit]

Note: In some areas, CHPs are known as Community Health and Care Partnerships (CHCPs).

  • East Ayrshire CHP
  • North Ayrshire CHP
  • South Ayrshire CHP
  • Scottish Borders CHCP
  • Dumfries and Galloway CHP
  • Dunfermline and West Fife CHP (Within Fife Council Area)
  • Glenrothes and North East Fife CHP (Within Fife Council Area)
  • Kirkcaldy and Levenmouth CHP (Within Fife Council Area)
  • Clackmannanshire CHP
  • Falkirk CHP
  • Stirling CHP
  • Aberdeen City CHP
  • Aberdeenshire CHP
  • Moray Community Health & Social Care Partnership (MCHSCP)
  • East Dunbartonshire CHP
  • East Renfrewshire CHCP
  • Glasgow City CHP - North East Sector
  • Glasgow City CHP - North West Sector
  • Glasgow City CHP - South Sector
  • Inverclyde CHP
  • Renfrewshire CHP
  • West Dunbartonshire CHP
  • Argyll and Bute CHP
  • Highland CHP - Mid Sector
  • Highland CHP - North Sector
  • Highland CHP - South East Sector
  • North Lanarkshire CHP
  • South Lanarkshire CHP
  • East Lothian CHP
  • Edinburgh CHP
  • Midlothian CHP
  • West Lothian CHCP
  • Orkney CHP
  • Shetland CHP
  • Angus CHP
  • Dundee CHP
  • Perth and Kinross CHP
  • Western Isles CHP


  1. ^ "Community health partnerships". Scottish Government. 18 July 2003. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Warm welcome for partnership plan". The Scotsman. 14 October 2003. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Community health partnerships". Audit Scotland. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "'Damning report' on health partnerships". BBC News. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

Petch, A. (2006) Health and Social Care: Establishing a Joint Future? Edinburgh, Dunedin Academic Press ISBN 978-1-903765-73-9

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