The Public Bodies (Joint Working) Act (Scotland) 2014 sets out the arrangements for the integration of health and social care across the country. The Scottish Government-approved Integration Scheme for West Dunbartonshire details the ‘body corporate’ arrangement by which NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board and West Dunbartonshire Council agreed to formally delegate health and social care services for adults and children to a third body, which is described in the Act as an Integration Joint Board. The Integration Joint Board for West Dunbartonshire is known as the West Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership Board.
The Health & Social Care Partnership Board is responsible for the operational oversight of West Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership (WD HSCP), which is the joint delivery vehicle for those integrated services delegated to the Integration Joint Board (except for NHS acute hospital services) as set out within its integration scheme. The West Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership Board was formally established on the 1st July 2015, with the Health & Social Care Partnership becoming "live" on that same date.
The West Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership vision is Improving lives with the people of West Dunbartonshire which will be implemented through delivery of Our Key Strategic Priorities:
- Early Intervention
West Dunbartonshire has had the benefit of an integrated health and social care partnership since October 2010. This means that the HSCP can remain focused on planning and delivering services for the local population - the priorities for 2019 – 2022 are set out in our third Strategy Plan.
It has been shaped by our Annual Performance Report for 2017/18; our strategic needs assessment, which illustrates the growing complexity of need and demand within our diverse local communities; our active engagement with stakeholders at locality, community planning and national levels; and our understanding of the broader policy and legislative context.