Dumfries & Galloway Health & Social Care

Consultation on the delivery of intermediate care in Dumfries and Galloway

In 2023 Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership carried out a consultation on the delivery of intermediate care. This consultation is now closed. Our thanks to everyone who took part.

The results were reviewed by the Integration Joint Board in September 2023 – you can read them at this link. Below you can read the introduction to this consultation, as well as documents giving more detail on intermediate care in the region both now and in the future. 


Many people need medical care that cannot be delivered at their home – this could be physiotherapy, occupational therapy, or just time in a medical setting. This is intermediate care. Some people will access intermediate care after they leave an acute hospital such as Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, to complete their recovery before they return home or to a homely setting. Others will go from home, or the place they normally live, to an intermediate care setting for treatment.

The Time to Talk engagement in 2022 found that many people across the region think that intermediate care is a very important part of health and social care. Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership therefore followed it up in early 2023 with Right Care, Right Place: Intermediate Care – an engagement programme which asked as many people as possible about what they think should be the future of intermediate care. Click here to read more about Right Care, Right Place, and click here to read the key findings of the engagement programme.

The Right Care, Right Place: Intermediate Care engagement programme is now closed, and the results have been used to help develop potential future models for delivering intermediate care in Dumfries and Galloway. These potential models are now open for public consultation.


Consultation is taking place from 14 April 2023 until 7 July 2023.

We are consulting on:

  • The findings of the Right Care, Right Place: Intermediate Care engagement programme earlier this year
  • Our description of how intermediate care is delivered, and our forecast of what will be required in future
  • The proposal to introduce a flexible approach to intermediate care, to allow bed capacity to be allocated to different roles depending on demand
  • Ideas on how intermediate care should be delivered in each local area, over three timescales – 1-2 years, 5 years and 10-15 years

Consultation events

Public consultation events will take place on these dates:

21 April 2023 3pm-7pm Lockerbie Town Hall
24 April 2023 10am-12pm Online (email dgcommunications@nhs.scot to register)
27 April 2023 3pm-7pm Castle Douglas Town Hall
03 May 2023 12pm-2pm St Ninians Centre, Isle of Whithorn
03 May 2023 3pm-6pm The New Town Hall, Whithorn
05 May 2023 3pm-7pm The Usual Place, Dumfries
16 May 2023 3pm-7pm Moffat Town Hall
22 May 2023 1.30pm-5.30pm Thornhill Community Centre
24 May 2023 3pm-7pm Langholm Buccleuch Centre
29 May 2023 3pm-7pm Kirkcudbright Parish Church Hall
01 June 2023 3pm-7pm Richard Greenhow Centre, Gretna
06 June 2023 3pm-7pm McMillan Hall, Newton Stewart
09 June 2023 3pm-7pm Dalbeattie Town Hall
12 June 2023 3pm-7pm Corner House Hotel, Annan
22 June 2023 3pm-7pm Sanquhar Community Centre
03 July 2023 3pm-7pm Stranraer Millennium Centre

Learn more 

The Right Care, Right Place Information Pack (Document A) contains background information about intermediate care in Dumfries and Galloway, and about the region and its population.

Modelling Future Demand for Health and Social Care in Dumfries and Galloway: Intermediate Care Beds (Document B) describes our forecast of what care will be required in the region in future, and how we calculated it. The Executive Summary describes the modelling process more briefly. Right Care, Right Place: Home Teams Information (Document C) provides more information on the region’s Home Teams. And there is a glossary of terms used in this consultation.