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Health and Social Care Integration

Integration means delivering Social Care in a better way in the future. GPs, hospitals, health workers, social care staff and others will increasingly work side-by-side to share information and take a much more co-ordinated approach to the way social care services are delivered.

What is integration?

Integration means that by co-ordinating the way in which we deliver Health & Social Care services; NHS Tayside, Perth & Kinross Council and our partners (voluntary and independent service providers) are developing better, more responsive and far more sustainable care models now and for the future.

This is about working together not just as care providers but also including the views and ambitions of care users, their families and carers. Only with this approach can we successfully improve our service in the ways people want.

Why are health and social care services now integrated?

This transformation is happening right across Scotland. Integration of adult health and social care is part of the Scottish Government's programme of reform to improve outcomes for adults who use health and social care services. The aim is to make sure that services are tailored to meet the particular needs of individuals and local communities, to ensure that people can lead, happy, healthy and independent lives in their own communities.

Integration is:

  • Making it possible for people to receive the right care at the right time and in the right place.
  • Changing the way we deliver care to meet the needs of our growing elderly population and people living with long-term conditions.
  • Building strong, compassionate communities which offer support and companionship.
  • Giving people the information and support they need to manage their own health and wellbeing effectively.

Health and Social Care Integration is a response to what people have been asking for - to make services more joined up, with better communication between service-providers and more flexible and tailored to suit the needs of the people who use the services.

What is happening in Perth and Kinross?

All Health Boards and Local Authorities have been required to establish integrated partnership arrangements. In Perth and Kinross, the local authority and NHS Tayside chose the body corporate model of integration which is the delegation of functions and resources by Health Boards and Local Authorities to an Integrated Joint Board.

An integrated budget has been established to support delivery of integrated health and social care functions.

Gordon Paterson is Chief Officer/Director - Integrated Health and Social Care for the Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership. The Chief Officer/Director and the Integration Joint Board oversee the delivery of integrated adult health and social care services provided by NHS Tayside and Perth & Kinross Council, including those delivered in partnership with local third sector organisations. A icon Perth and Kinross Integration Scheme [401Kb] has been approved by the Integration Joint Board.

The Integration Joint Board is made up of local elected members, non executive members of NHS Tayside Board, Third Sector representatives and officials from NHS Tayside and Perth & Kinross Council. Unpaid carers and people who use the services that are being integrated will also have an important role to play in the work of the Board.

The Integrated Joint Board has published its icon Unaudited Annual Accounts for 2019/20 [835Kb].

Annual Performance Report

In September 2020, the Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership published its latest icon Annual Performance Report [6Mb]. The Report sets out how the HSCP has performed in 2019/20 against national outcome indicators set out by the Scottish Government.

Previous Annual Performance Reports:

Strategic Commissioning Plan

The 2020-25 icon Perth and Kinross Strategic Commissioning Plan [765Kb] has been approved to show how integrated services will meet the needs of individuals and local communities, as well as the local and national outcomes. Each Integration Authority has to put in place a joint strategic commissioning plan for functions and budgets under its control.

The Health and Social Care Partnership, in the process of updating the Strategic Commissioning Plan, carried out a consultation to seek the views of the public and stakeholders. 

Equality Outcomes and Mainstreaming Report

The Integration Joint Board approved their icon Equality Outcomes and Mainstreaming Report [300Kb] at their meeting on 23 March 2016 with effect from 30 April 2016.