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 it (except for any NHS acute hospital services, as these are managed directly by the Health Board). These arrangements for integrated service delivery are conducted within an operational service delivery framework established by the Health Board and Council for their respective functions, ensuring both those organisations can continue to discharge their retained governance responsibilities.
Beth Culshaw, Chief Officer of the Health and Social Care Partnership, invites you to be part of the conversation to ensure that front line operational services continue to influence the Strategic Commissioning Plan and the wider Community Planning Partnership.
How we deliver services must change; demand is rising significantly whilst in real terms, available public spending is falling. We can no longer continue to provide services the same way as we have always done before – our citizens are living longer but, those living with multiple long – term complex conditions such as diabetes is increasing.
We are in extremely challenging times as the recent report by Audit Scotland (2018) points out the challenges faced by public services and acknowledges longer term robust planning is even more crucial; we must take into account factors such as the changing landscape; further changes expected considering not only the demographic changes, but changes to public spending and policy.
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.
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