Working towards the integration of health & social care
For us to develop better, responsive and more sustainable care models an integrated approach to health and care is required. The Scottish Parliament passed legislation in 2014 to implement health and social care integration. This legislation came into force on April 1, 2016 and brings together NHS and local council care services under one partnership arrangement for each area. These 31 local partnerships have been set up across Scotland and between them they’ll manage almost £8 billion of health and social care resources.
Working side-by-side, NHS and local council care services will be jointly responsible for the health and care needs of patients, to ensure that the people who use services get the right care and support throughout their care journey, whatever their needs.
The integration transformation will focus on enabling people to stay in their homes, or another homely setting, if possible. The aim is to make sure that services are tailored to meet the particular needs of individuals and local communities. Digital health and care products and services are well suited to support this long term approach to health and social care integration.