This landmark legislation is the most substantial reform to Scotland’s NHS and social care services in a generation. Integration will result in more joined-up health and social care provision that will improve people’s lives and ensure that people get the right care, in the right place, at the right time. The integration of health and care services will mean that local authorities and NHS Boards have shared responsibility for the delivery of both services, allowing them to plan together for patients across the whole care pathway. The Scottish Parliament passed the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill on 25 February 2014.
Key features of the Act are that NHS Boards and Local Authorities will:
• Be required to integrate adult health and social care services and can decide whether to include children’s health and social care services into their local integrated arrangements
• Be required to establish local integrated partnership and governance arrangements
• Have integrated budgets for health and social care
• Be jointly responsible for joint strategic and locality planning in their area