Legislation to implement health and social care integration, passed by the Scottish Parliament in February 2014, came into force on April 1, 2016. This brings together NHS and local council care services under one partnership arrangement for each area.
In total 31 local partnerships have been set up across Scotland and they will manage almost £8 billion of health and social care resources.
Working together, NHS and local council care services will be jointly responsible for the health and care needs of patients, to ensure that those who use services get the right care and support whatever their needs, at any point in their care journey.
Integration will mean a greater emphasis on enabling people to stay in their homes, or another homely setting, where possible, sharing their lives with their family and friends, doing the things that give life meaning and value.
Shona Robison, the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, recently visited Perth to see at first-hand how improvements are being made to some services. She met a woman who was admitted as an emergency to hospital and was supported to return home by Enhanced Community Support – a service set up by the new Perth & Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership:
This is the single biggest reform to the way health and social care is delivered in Scotland and the Scottish Government is providing more than £0.5 billion additional funding over three years to help partnerships establish new ways of working.
More information about health and social care integration in Scotland: