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Venue: Meeting Room 5, Health Village

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No. Item


Opening Remarks from the Chair


The Chair opened the meeting and noted that as today’s meeting was a special budget meeting, no other business would be considered and regular standing items along with today’s minute would be reported to the Board’s next meeting on 27 March 2018.


The Board resolved:-

To note the information provided.



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Members were requested to intimate any declarations of interest.


The Board resolved:-

To note that no declarations of interest were intimated by members for items on today’s agenda.



Determination of Urgent Business


The Chair advised that he was accepting item 4 (IJB Financial Strategy) on today’s agenda as urgent business.


The Board resolved:-

To agree item 4 (IJB Financial Strategy) as urgent business.




Members are requested to determine that any exempt business be considered with the press and public excluded


The Board noted officers advice that it may consider item 4 (IJB Financial Strategy) as exempt business but members unanimously agreed to consider the report in public session.


The Board resolved:-

To agree to consider item 4 (IJB Financial Strategy) in public session.



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The Board had before it a report by Alex Stephen (Chief Finance Officer, ACHSCP) which (1) updated the Board on the provisional levels of funding delegated by Aberdeen City Council and NHS Grampian for health and social care activities for 2018-19; (2) outlined the budget pressures from 2018-19 onwards and the budget savings identified to potentially close the gap which were included within the Medium Term Financial Strategy; (3) requested approval for the Bon Accord Care provisional 2018-19 contract value; and (4) advised on the risk fund levels within the Medium Term Financial Strategy.


The report recommended:-

That the Board –

(a)          Note the provisional financial allocations proposed to be allocated by the partner organisations;

(b)          Agree the provisional Bon Accord Contract level for 2018/19 of £26,983,000 and budget assumptions noted in section 2.4;

(c)          Consider and endorse the Aberdeen City IJB Medium Term Financial Strategy included as Appendix 1 of this report;

(d)          Note that the IJB previously agreed to earmark £2.5 million in a risk fund and this is included in the Medium Term Financial Strategy; and

(e)          Instruct the Chief Finance Officer to bring back a report to the IJB on the 27 March 2018 detailing the final financial allocations from the partners and updating the Medium Term Financial Strategy.


Alex Stephen advised that unlike the 2017-18 budget process in which grant settlements from partners had been attached with conditions, this year’s process was different in that grant settlements were now agreed through local negotiation between the IJB and its partners. He highlighted that the figures within the reports were provisional until so agreed by Aberdeen City Council and NHS Grampian at their annual budget meetings; and that figures and assumptions had also been based on the Barnett Consequentials and the budget settlement approved by the Scottish Parliament.


Mr Stephen provided an overview of budget pressures and highlighted that amongst the most challenging areas were medicines management and service redesign. He noted that the IJB was restricted in the number of services and budgets it had direct control over and explained that budgets such as mental health were ring-fenced; solutions to medicine management would need to be found on a Grampian-wide basis; and the Aberdeen City IJB had little input on the negotiation of the General Medical Services Contract. Mr Stephen concluded by thanking the Executive Management Team and Finance colleagues that had helped develop the Financial Strategy.


Thereafter there were questions and comments on (1) the timetable for Aberdeen City Council and NHS Grampian annual budget meetings; (2) the escalation process to the Board in the event of a significant service overspend; (3) the use of IJB reserves to cover service overspends; (4) the level of confidence that efficiencies and savings could be achieved within target timescales; (5) the challenges of medicines management and the importance of developing a regional approach to address this issue; (6) the reasons behind the level of overspend for hosted services; (7) the review of service pricing and charges, which members  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.