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.

We have been working with NHS Borders and voluntary and independent care partners to put in place simple joint working arrangements with the aim of providing better, more joined up adult health and social care services in the Borders.

Health and Social Care Integration 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
  • other key stakeholders

Our strategic plan

Our strategic plan 2016-2019 gives an overview of why we have to integrate and what we expect to see as a result. It gives the strategic directions for the Partnership for the next three years.

The plan has been supported by two rounds of public consultations where we listened to:

  • service users
  • members of the public
  • staff
  • partners, including third sector and independent organisations

Find out what people said and what we did.

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

Scottish Borders Integration Joint Board (IJB) has adopted the Guide to information produced by the Scottish Information Commissioner.