Background Information

The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014, passed by the Scottish Parliament in February 2014, requires local authorities and NHS Boards to jointly plan integrated health and social care services for adults. It also gives authorities the option to include children’s services in their integration plans.

The integration of health and social care is a long-standing public policy agenda and a major plank of the wider public service reform programme given renewed emphasis by the Scottish Government in response to the recommendations of the Christie Commission on Public Service Reform (June 2011).

There are a number of key issues for care and support providers in the evolving integration agenda. CCPS continues to argue that integration should be a means to an end, and not an end in itself; that the third sector, communities and individual service users must be effectively included in the agenda; and the focus must be on improving outcomes for individuals and communities.  We have highlighted below the current areas of interest for care and support providers and how CCPS is engaging in order to promote the contribution that providers make to the goal of improving wellbeing and quality of life for vulnerable people.

For up-to-date information about the development of the integration partnerships across the 32 local authority areas in Scotland, including strategic and locality planning and details on third sector and integration partnership key contacts, please refer to the spreadsheet maintained by the Alliance’s Third Sector Health and Social Care Support Team.  This project supports third sector engagement with integration, including working to build links between national third sector organisations and the local third sector interfaces.

Public Bodies (Joint Working) Scotland Act 2014  This section provides information about the progress of implementation of the Act, CCPS’s work to influence the regulations and guidance, and our involvement with partners on the wider integration agenda.

Strategic commissioning of adult services This section provides information about the strategic commissioning requirements under the Public Bodies Act, the impact on providers, and CCPS’s engagement with related working groups.

Strategic commissioning of children’s services  This section covers the services planning section of the new Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, along with other related commissioning and children’s services reform initiatives.

Outcomes Focus  This section notes the importance of outcomes to the public service reform programme, the development of joint health and social care outcomes, and the benefits and challenges for providers in developing their own outcomes based practice.

Prevention and the Change Funds  This section provides a brief description of the three change funds and how CCPS and its members are engaged with the policy and implementation of these funds.