The Scottish Government's vision is that by 2020 everyone is able to live longer, healthier lives at home, or in a homely setting. It promotes prevention, anticipation and supported self-management, and an emphasis on ensuring that people who are admitted to hospital are able to return to their homes or a community environment as soon as is appropriate, with minimal risk of readmission.

In November 2014 the then Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, declared an ambition "to give back at least 200,000 days to individuals, families and communities" that would otherwise be spent in hospital.

Service Description

The programme focuses on key areas of health and social care that can prevent unnecessary admission to hospital and enable people to remain at home or in a homely setting with the support their family and the community. There are four key strands to the programme:

  • pathways for high resource individuals
  • frailty and falls in the community
  • anticipatory care planning
  • intermediate care and reablement


See each workstream for status information.


NHS boards and Health and Social Care Partnerships

Benefits of programme

The Living Well in the Communities programme seeks to enable people to live healthier lives in the community.


Thomas Monaghan