This information on Health & Social Integration has been developed jointly for all Staff and service users / patients of Shetland Island Council and NHS Shetland.
In the spirit of Integration and to avoid duplication of work we have agreed at this stage to host this via the Shetland Island Council website. This is a good example of just one of the many practical issues we now need to work through to produce a practical and cost effective approach to supporting Integrated services.
Health and Social Care Integration
Integration of health and social care is the Scottish Government’s ambitious programme of reform to improve services for people who use health and social care services. Integration will ensure that health and social care provision across Scotland is joined-up and seamless, especially for people with long term conditions and disabilities, many of whom are older people.
More information is available in detail on the Scottish Government's webpage including latest news, legislation, consultation and further downloads.
The new Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act was granted royal assent on April 1, 2014.
The Act is a landmark health and social care reform for Scotland and is the most substantial reform to the country's National Health Services and social care services in a generation.
The legislation means changes to the law which requires Health Boards and Local Authorities to integrate their services resulting in more joined-up, seamless health and social care provision that will improve people's lives.
The work being taken forward locally to implement the bodies Act is being led by the Council's Director of Corporate Services, working alongside colleagues from NHS Shetland and community stakeholders.
On 2 July 2014, Shetland Islands Council and the Board of NHS Shetland took the decision that the Model for integration of health and social care services in Shetland would be the Body Corporate, known as an Integration Joint Board.
Under the Body Corporate model, the Health Board and Local Authority delegate the responsibility, for planning and resourcing service provision of adult health and social care services to an Integration Joint Board (IJB).
For information on services that must be delegated to the Joint board, you can view that in newsletter issue 3.
The IJB was formally constituted on 27 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 25 August, will look to approve a risk management strategy, a participation and engagement strategy, an audit committee and clinical and care governance arrangements.
|For more information on the progression of the Integration of Health and Social Care locally, contact Laura Saunders on 01595 74 4355|