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Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill passed, 25/02/14 [S]

During its meeting of 25 February 2014 the Scottish Parliament passed the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill which legislates for integrating health and social care services.

The Bill sets out the legislative framework for integrating health and social care:

  • Community Health Partnerships will be removed from statute
  • National outcomes for health and wellbeing will be established via secondary legislation
  • Health boards and local authorities will be required to establish integrated partnership arrangements
  • Two models of integration are available for health boards and local authorities to choose from: delegation between partners (i.e. lead agency arrangements) and delegation to a body corporate
  • Functions and budgets will be delegated to the integrated partnership by the health board and local authority
  • Scottish Ministers will establish the “minimum scope” of functions and budgets to be integrated via secondary legislation – this will cover adult primary and community health care, social care, and aspects of acute hospital care that offer the best opportunities for service redesign in favour of prevention
  • Each integrated partnership will be required to establish locality planning arrangements, which will provide a forum for local professional leadership of service planning
  • Each integrated partnership will be required to consult widely on a strategic ‘commissioning’ plan
  • Where the body corporate model is used, a chief officer must be appointed by the integration joint board
  • NHSScotland and local authorities will continue to work closely with third and independent sectors to implement the Bill

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 25 February 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 25 February 2014

Scottish Government news release

Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill