The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 1 April 2014. The aim of the Act is to integrate health and social care in Scotland, to improve services for people who use them. Integration aims to ensure that health and social care provision across Scotland is joined-up and seamless, especially for people with long term conditions and disabilities.
To accompany this Act, Scottish Ministers will put in place a number of regulations and orders (secondary legislation) that will inform local level integration. These draft regulations have been developed in collaboration with stakeholders and Scottish Ministers have committed to consult widely on these.
The regulations have been published for consultation in two sets:
Consultation 1 – Functions and Outcomes, Monday 12 May 2014 – Friday 1 August 2014 – http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/05/5284
Consultation 2 – Membership and Consultation, Tuesday 27 May 2014 – Monday 18 August 2014 – http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/05/6659
We have produced a summary briefing document for Voluntary Health Scotland members that outlines both sets of consultations – VHS Briefing – Public Bodies Act Draft Regulations May 2014
Sounding Board Event – We are also holding a sounding board for members to unpack these consultations and form a consultation response that reflects your views. This will be held on Monday 14 July at 2pm at the Mansfield Traquair Centre. Places for the sounding board are limited, so if you would like to attend, please contact Susan Lowes directly as soon as possible.
If you would like to respond directly to the consultations, you can do so via the links to the documentation above.