Integrating health and social care services is a major programme of reform for Scotland. It will mean better and more joined up care, better anticipatory and preventative care and a greater emphasis on community based care. It will benefit the growing number of people in Scotland who have complex care needs, amongst others. People who use services should get the right care, in the right pace, at the right time.
The Public Bodies (Joint Working) Act 2014 is a key piece of legislation, requiring Health Boards and Local Authorities to integrate their health and social care services, so that best use is made of skills and resources. Making the best use of skills and resources means involving the voluntary sector, service users and carers.
Threading the Needle is a new programme established by Evaluation Support Scotland to use third sector evidence to commission outcomes for health and social care.
Scottish Government health and social care integration website
Threading the Needle website
Joint Improvement Team integration website
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