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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 are jointly responsible for the health and care needs of patients. This makes sure that those who use services get the right care and support whatever their needs, at any point in their care journey.

The integration of health and social care services means a greater emphasis on enabling people to stay in their homes or another homely setting. This helps people to continue to share their lives with their family and friends, doing the things that have meaning and value.

Working in healthcare

You would be employed by a Health Board or local authority, working with people from different agencies or services.

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

Visit the Scottish Government website to find out more about health and social care integration.