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Health and social care integration

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.

Patient care journey

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.

Working in healthcare, you may be employed by a health board or a local authority. Regardless of who employs you, increasingly you will be working with professions and people from different agencies or services, such as social services, voluntary and community resources.

For example:

  • You might work as an occupational therapist with social workers, carers and voluntary organisations in the local area, such as befriending services, to help an older person with dementia to have better care so they can stay at home
  • You could work as a nurse alongside hospital doctors, GPs and social work staff to support people to remain in their home rather than being taken to hospital
  • You may work as a physiotherapist with other professionals as well as voluntary organisations in the area to support a young person with several physical and mental disabilities

Find out more about health and social care integration on the Scottish Government website.