Have your say on Health and Social Care ‘Integration Scheme’ – deadline today

A new document that details the proposed partnership agreement between NHS Western Isles and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, for health and social care integration, is still available for comment, until today (Friday).

The Integration Scheme has been approved for consultation by the Health Board and Comhairle. The Integration Scheme is a high level document (the format of which is prescribed by government) which includes information on the model for health and social care integration, the functions (services) which are to be delegated, and how the delegated services will be delivered and monitored.

The Integration Scheme has been available throughout February at: www.hsci-wi.org.uk together with a feedback form (can be completed online or downloaded), Frequently Asked Questions, example videos on the benefits of integrating services, and information on services that are to be delegated to a new Integration Joint Board. You can also request a copy of the Integration Scheme and feedback form by contacting Maggie Fraser on maggie.fraser1@nhs.net or 01851 708060; or contacting Colin George Morrison on colin.morrison@cne-siar.gov.uk or 01851 822615.

Once the consultation has finished, NHS Western Isles and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will be asked to approve the Integration Scheme before it is submitted to the Scottish Government. The deadline for submission of the Scheme is 1st April 2015.

What is health and social care integration?

Integration of health and social care is the Scottish Government’s programme of reform to improve services for people who use adult health and social care services. It will ensure that health and social care provision across Scotland is more joined-up and seamless, especially for people with long term conditions and disabilities, many of whom are older people.

New legislation requires all Health Boards and Councils to start to integrate their health and social care services for adults from 1st April 2015.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and NHS Western Isles are in the process of establishing a Health and Social Care Partnership which will be responsible for a range of delegated health and social care functions in the Western Isles from later in 2015. Similar partnerships, are being established across the country.

This will ensure that services are better coordinated for all people who use health and social care services.

Future steps - Strategic Plan

The document that will follow in due course, the Strategic Plan, will be of particular interest to staff, patients, carers and the wider public. This will set out how the new partnership will meet both locally and nationally agreed outcomes. This will also include the development of Locality Delivery Plans. We will be consulting on the Strategic Plan later in 2015.

NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson said: “I am delighted that the drive to deliver more joined up, and improved health and social care is really getting underway.

“I look forward positively to us delivering a better experience and outcomes for those who receive care and services, and the benefits for staff which will come from working better together as a team.”

Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Angus Campbell, said: “Health and Social Care Integration is about providing better services for the public through integrating budgets and governance which will also lead to greater accountability. It is important that as many individuals and organisations have a say in the structure and development of those services through integration and I would urge everyone to have a look at the information on the website and complete the survey. It is in all our interests to be as inclusive as possible in forming the new integrated services.”