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Integration of Health and Social Care

Health and social care

The integration of health and social care brings services together to deliver co-ordinated care that is easy to access and is focused on the best outcome for the individual person. 

The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act was granted royal assent on 1 April 2014. It sets out requirements for health boards and local authorities to integrate their services, resulting in more joined-up, seamless health and social care provision that will improve people's lives. 

These new integrated bodies - the Health and Social Care Partnerships - were formed in spring 2015. Integration Joint Boards are responsible for the strategic direction of the partnerships, and make sure they are operating efficiently and effectively. 

The Health and Social Care Partnerships work closely together to improve people's experience of services; and to give them the support they need to live safe, healthy lives in their own communities. 

Each partnership has between 2,000 and 3,000 employees in total, made up of local authority and NHS Ayrshire & Arran employees. Annual budgets for the partnerships are around £200 million. 

To find out more about the Health and Social Care Partnerships in East, North and South Ayrshire, click the links below. 

Shared Equality Outcomes

North Ayrshire 

Integration Joint Board:

Integration scheme:

Information sharing

Click here for more information on information sharing within the Health and Social Care Partnerships.

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