Health and social care integration

What is integration?

  • Integration of Health and Social Care is the Scottish Government’s legislation led initiative to have a health and social care partnership for each of the 14 NHS Board areas in Scotland.
  • The initiative is underpinned by the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014. The act outlines processes that must be considered and taken forward by health boards and local authorities in partnership with health and social care professionals, the third sector, users, carers and other key stakeholders.
  • Since 2014, we have been working with NHS Borders, the Third Sector and independent care partners to put in place joint working arrangements with the aim of providing better, more joined up adult health and social care services in the Borders.
  • Our Integration Joint Board (IJB) was established in April 2015 and commissions health and social care services across the Scottish Borders. The Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) delivers these services on behalf of the IJB in line with the strategic plan for health and social care.
  • More information about the IJB and HSCP is also available in our frequently asked questions.
  • View our HSC Integrated Workforce Plan 2022-25

Strategic plan

The HSCP Strategic Plan sets out the strategic direction for the Partnership. We are currently working on a revised version. In the meantime, the HSCP Strategic Plan 2018-22 is available to download, along with a copy of the previous plan.

Draft HSCP Strategic Framework 2023-36

The Draft HSCP Strategic Framework 2023-2026 is based on what the people of the Scottish Borders have told us matters to them and sets out how we will transform, commission, and provide health and social care services over the next three years to best support the people of the Borders to live their lives to the full. We also have an Easy Read version available.

We are currently looking for feedback on the Framework - closing date for comments is 31 March 2023. You can either complete our online survey or email: If you would like to speak to someone, call 0800 7314052.

Annual performance report

The Annual Performance Report 2020-21 is the fifth one produced by the HSCP. It focuses on our performance between April 2020 and March 2021, outlines our priorities for 2021/22 and reflects back on our performance since April 2016. You can download this and previous reports on our website.

Annual accounts

The annual accounts for the IJB and HSCP are available on the finance pages of our website.

Access to information

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (the Act) requires Scottish public authorities to adopt and maintain a publication scheme. We are under a legal obligation to:

  • publish the classes of information that we make routinely available
  • tell the public how to access the information we publish and whether information is available free of charge or on payment

The IJB has adopted the guide to information produced by the Scottish Information Commissioner. You can find out more about our publication scheme and access to information policies on our website.