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This section will contain up to date information on the integration of adult health and social care.

The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 was granted Royal Assent on 1 April 2014. Download a copy of the Act here.

Integration of adult social care and primary care services will aim to ensure that health and social care provision across Scotland is joined-up and seamless, especially for people with long term conditions and disabilities, many of whom are older people. The overall aim of the Act is to improve the outcomes of people who use support and services.

This will be underpinned by newly developed national health and wellbeing outcomes which include an outcome to improve the lives of carers.

The Act includes:

  • The creation of Health and Social Care Partnerships across Scotland
  • The power to prescribe national health and wellbeing outcomes
  • The requirement of a strategic plan for each Partnership to be created every three years. Strategic plans must also establish at least two locality areas in each local authority. Carers must be involved in the development of strategic plans and with plans developed for localities.

Work is now underway to ensure that guidance and regulations are in place for implementation which will begin in April 2015, with all arrangements in place by April 2016.

Carers Scotland is represented on the Bill Advisory Group supporting this work. There are also a range of working groups examining key issues including national outcomes, commissioning services and workforce.

To find out more about the Bill Advisory Group or any of the working groups visit: 

Integration Regulations Consultation Briefing (May 2014)

The Scottish Government is consulting on two sets of regulations which support the integration legislation.  These include key issues like national health and wellbeing outcomes and the involvement of carers at a strategic and local level.  We have produced a briefing for carers which gives more details and a carer response form to enable you to give your views to the Scottish Government.

We have produced a short response form for carers to respond to the Scottish Government consultation.  Please download and complete below. The completed form should then be sent direct to the Scottish Government – details of how to do this are in the response form.

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Stage 3: Joint Briefing

Carers Scotland joined with the Health and Social Care Alliance and many other organisations to share a joint briefing and suggested amendments at Stage 3 of the Bill (the last stage in the Scottish Parliament before the Bill becomes legislation).

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Carers Scotland’s response to proposals on integration of adult health and social care

Read our response to the Scottish Government proposals on the integration of health and social care

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Integration of Health and Social Care: A briefing for carers

This briefing paper for carers provides further information about Scottish Government proposals for the integration of health and social care for adults. It also provides key questions for consideration. This briefing paper has been produced in partnership with the Coalition of Carers in Scotland.

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