East Lothian Council

Integrating health and social care in East Lothian

Why are we integrating health and social care?

The Law

The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill was granted royal assent on April 1, 2014. 

It puts in place:

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  • Nationally agreed outcomes, which will apply across health and social care, and for which NHS Boards and Local Authorities will be held jointly accountable
  • A requirement on NHS Boards and Local Authorities to integrate health and social care budgets
  • A requirement on Partnerships to strengthen the role of clinicians and care professionals, along with the third and independent sectors, in the planning and delivery of services

What is integration?

Integration means that over the next few years, 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 services are delivered.

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