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 delivers these services on behalf of the IJB in line with the strategic plan for health and social care

Our strategic plan 2018-21

Our Health and Social Care Partnership's strategic plan 2018-21 sets out the strategic direction for the Partnership for the next two years. An easy read version is also available.

The focus is on the following three objectives:

  1. we will improve the health of the population and reduce the number of hospital admissions
  2. we will improve the flow of patients into, through and out of hospital
  3. we will improve the capacity within the community for people who have been in receipt of health and social care services to better manage their own conditions and support those who care for them

Annual Performance Report 2019-20

At their meeting on 2 July, the IJB agreed to delay the publication date of the 2019-20 Annual Performance Report until 31 October 2020 in exercise of the power granted to public authorities under the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020. Staff who would have been involved in preparation of the APR have been heavily engaged in supporting the Borders COVID-19 pandemic response.

Mainstreaming Report and Equality Outcomes 2016-20

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.