Orkney Islands Council
Working together for a better Orkney

Orkney Health and Care

The Vision for Health and Social Care Integration

Ensuring better care and support for people where users of health and social care services can expect to be listened to, to be involved in deciding upon the care they receive and to be an active participant in how it is delivered. This will result in better outcomes for people, enabling them to enjoy better health and wellbeing in their homes and communities.

The Partnership

Orkney Health and Care, (OHAC) is a partnership between Orkney Islands Council and NHS Orkney. The Partnership aims to improve and develop social care, community health and wellbeing. We want to provide the best possible care for people in Orkney, wherever they live and whatever their circumstances.

The Orkney Health and Care Partnership has, to date, been responsible for the delivery of the full range of the Council’s social work and social services, for all age groups and service user groups, and NHS Orkney’s community based health services since 2011, under joint management arrangements. The Partnership has continued to be accountable to both the Council and NHS Orkney for the effective delivery of these services through the OHAC Board.

The Partnership is currently going through a period of change as a result of the Scottish Government’s ambitious programme of healthcare reform to improve services for individuals who use health and social care services. This is called Health and Social Care Integration.

To find out more about Health and Social Care Integration, please visit the Health and Social Care Integration pages accessed via the menu on the left. Here you can also view our latest newsletter and read about what these changes mean for Orkney.

Sally Shaw

Chief Officer of Orkney Health and Care.

David Drever

Chair of Orkney Health and Care.

Rachael King

Vice Chair of Orkney Health and Care.

Emergency Contact - Duty Social Worker

Monday to Friday (09:00 - 17:00) - Telephone: 01856873535.

Out of Hours – Telephone: 01856888000.


Orkney Health and Care, School Place, Kirkwall, KW15 1NY.

Telephone: 01856873535.


Balfour Hospital

New Scapa Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1BH.

Telephone: 01856888000.

NHS Orkney, Orkney Islands Council and Patient Opinion.

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