Health and Social Care Integration in Forth Valley
There are two health and social care partnerships that cover the Forth Valley area – one for Falkirk and one for Clackmannanshire and Stirling. These Partnerships are responsible for ensuring that people get joined up and seamless support and care, and that they can live as independently in their own homes for as long as possible. This will ensure that services are better coordinated for all people who use them. The Partnerships are also responsible for some hospital based services.
Health and Social Care Integration is all about putting people first – services will be more focused on you and tailored to your individual needs.
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What does Health and Social Care Integration mean for you and your family?
You won’t need to do anything differently – services will be more joined-up behind the scenes and health and social care staff will be working side-by-side to support you and your family. Where appropriate, you will receive care closer to home.
You will be put at the heart of all decisions about your health and social care needs. The aim of integration is to provide a seamless response to everyone who use these services.
By having a more joined-up (integrated) approach, this will help each Partnership to improve services to meet your needs and the needs of carers and communities.
What are the main aims of Health and Social Care integration?
All Health Boards and Councils have been integrating their health and social care services, some from 1 April 2015.
Health and Social Care Integration aims to:
- make it easier and quicker to access services and support
- help people to stay fit and healthy so that they can live safely and independently in their own home for as long as possible
- provide care that is tailored to individual needs
- make better and more effective use of the resources and skills available
- deliver services in a joined up way by bridging gaps and removing duplication
- make it easier for staff to share information, expertise and experience
- respond to the different health and social care needs of local communities
Which services are integrated?
It describes which health and social care functions must and may be integrated under the legislation, to improve outcomes for people using health and social care services.
In the two Health and Social Care Partnerships, services identified include:
- all adults and older people in social work services
- all adult primary and community health services, along with a proportion of hospital sector provision e.g. district nurses and mental health services
- some services provided in hospital
- some housing support services restricted to aids and adaptations
For more information, please see the Scottish Government supporting note for further information on the legislation that sets out the scope of the health and social care functions to be included in integration.
Health and Social Care Partnership
Each Health and Social Care Partnership is managed by the Chief Officer. The Chief Officer is accountable to the Integration Joint Board (IJB) for the planning, development and delivery of the IJB’s three year strategic plan. The Chief Officer is also responsible for the operational delivery of services that the Partnership is responsible for.
The Chief Officer also reports directly to both the Chief Executive of the respective Councils and NHS Board.
Shiona Strachan is the Chief Officer for the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership and Patricia Cassidy is the Chief Officer for the Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership.
What is happening in the Partnerships?
By April 2019
Both Partnership will produce a revised Strategic Plan for 2019 – 22. It is important that service users, carers and partners are involved. Each Partnership will use this opportunity to ask people their views on services and priority areas.
Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership
Programme Manager, Health & Social Care Integration – Clackmannanshire and Stirling
Address: Admin Building, Stirling Community Hospital, Livilands, Stirling FK8 2AU