Health and Social Care Integration
Welcome to the Health and Social Care Integration blog where we will post regular updates and news about the integration of health and social care services across Scotland.
The way we plan and deliver health and social care services in Scotland has changed. In 2016 we legislated to bring together health and social care in to a single, integrated system, with Integration Authorities now responsible for £8.5 billion of funding for local services, which was previously managed separately by NHS Boards and Local Authorities.
Integration is the most significant change to health and social care services in Scotland since the creation of the NHS in 1948. With a greater emphasis on joining up services and focussing on anticipatory and preventative care, integration aims to improve care and support for people who use services, their carers and their families. 31 Integration Authorities across Scotland are now working with their local communities and providers of care to ensure care is responsive to people’s needs.