Health and Social Care Integration
Integration Joint Board
The IJB was formally constituted on 27th June 2015 and the inaugural meeting, which confirmed the full membership of the IJB, was held on 20 July 2015.
At the second meeting of the IJB on 29 July 2015, the IJB approved their Standing Orders, Scheme of Administration and Financial Regulations.
The third meeting, to be held on the 25th August, will look to approve a risk management strategy, a participation and engagement strategy, an audit committee and clinical and care governance arrangements
As a separate legal entity the IJB has full autonomy and capacity to act on its own behalf and can, accordingly, make decisions about the exercise of its functions and responsibilities as it sees fit. However, the legislation that underpins the IJB requires that its voting members are appointed by the Council and the Health Board and is made up of councillors, NHS non-executive directors, and other members of the Health Board where there are insufficient NHS non-executive directors. Whilst serving on the IJB its members carry out their functions under the Act on behalf of the IJB itself, and not as delegates of the Council and the Health Board. Because the same individuals will sit on the IJB and also on either the Council or the Health Board, accurate record-keeping and minute-taking will be essential for transparency and accountability purposes.
The IJB is responsible for the strategic planning of the functions delegated to it by the Council and the Health Board and for the preparation of the Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan specifies the services to be delivered by the Parties. The IJB is responsible for ensuring the delivery of its functions through the locally agreed operational arrangements set out within the Integration Scheme.
The Act gives the Council and the Health Board, acting jointly, the ability to require that the IJB replaces its Strategic Plan in certain circumstances. In these ways, the Council and the Health Board together have significant influence over the IJB, and they are jointly accountable for its actions.
The practical application of the Integration Scheme will be managed and administered in accordance with the Financial Regulations, Standing Orders and Scheme of Administration and Delegation of the Parties as amended to meet the requirements of the Act.
For information on the roles and responsibilities of the Integrated Joint Board, click the highlighted link Roles and Responsibilities