Efforts to integrate health and social care in Angus have moved forward following the Scottish Government’s approval of the Angus Integration Scheme.
The 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 individual local communities.
This means that social care staff, GPs, hospitals, health workers, and the voluntary and independent sectors will increasingly work side-by-side in local teams to provide more co-ordinated services, tailored to meet the needs of individuals and their families.
In May this year, Vicky Irons took up the new post of Chief Officer for the Angus Integration Joint Board for health and social care, the body which will now take forward integration work.
Chair of the Angus integration joint board, Councillor Glennis Middleton said: “The integration of health and social care provides a new opportunity for the council and health services to work more closely together to provide the best possible service to the people of Angus.
“This is part of the Scottish Government’s ambitious programme of reform to improve the wellbeing of those who use health and social care services. This means that GPs, hospitals, health workers, social care staff, and the voluntary and independent sectors will increasingly work side-by-side in local teams to share information and provide more coordinated services.
“This new way of working will improve the quality and consistency of services for patients, service users, carers, families and communities. It will also formalise our existing joint working to ensure that people living in Angus are able to live full and positive lives within their own communities.
“Over the coming months we will be working hard to make sure that our communities receive the services they need, where they need them, when they need them. We will also be developing our strategic plan outlining the differences we will make and our aspirations and plans for the future of care across Angus.”
For the past two years, preparation for integrating services has been steered by a Joint Shadow Integration Board made up of elected members from Angus Council and board members of NHS Tayside.
The integration of health and social care is the Scottish Government’s ambitious programme of reform to improve care and support for those who use health and social care services.
The aim of the new legislation is to improve the health and wellbeing of the growing numbers of people in Scotland who have complex care requirements. They will benefit from better, joined-up care, better anticipatory and preventative care and a greater emphasis on community-based care.
Integration is all about improving people’s lives, caring for the whole person and making sure that those working in health and social care are equipped to make best use of their collective skills and resources to improve outcomes for people and their families.
Health Boards and Local Authorities will be required to establish integrated partnership arrangements. In Angus, Dundee and Perth and Kinross, the local authorities and NHS Tayside have all chosen 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 will be established in each Integration Authority to support delivery of integrated functions.
Each Integration Authority will put in place a joint strategic commissioning plan for functions and budgets under its control which will be widely consulted upon.
In Angus, Dundee and Perth and Kinross, three Chief Officers have been appointed by the integrated partnership to provide a single point of management for the integrated budget and integrated service delivery. The Chief Officers in Tayside are: Angus - Vicky Irons, Dundee - David Lynch, Perth and Kinross - Robert Packham
The responsibility for integrated services and the budgets in the three localities will be delegated to each of the Integration Joint Boards in Angus, Dundee and Perth and Kinross by April 1.
The new Partnership will have executive powers and will use a single budget to deliver all health and social care services. All staff will continue to be employed by their existing employer.