Report: the progress of integration of health and social care in Scotland

The Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) have published their report into how well the integration of health and social care is progressing in the country.

Health and Social Care integration: progress review is built around the differences in regional implementation of integrated care, with some areas out performing others. However, there is a positive tone to the report, with a focus on the best practice that is being developed, and a number of proposals to ensure the success of integrated care. These include:

  • Effective strategic planning for improvement
  • Clear governance and accountability arrangements
  • Sustained engagement with local communities

Cabinet Secretary Jeane Freeman said

“Truly integrated services, focused on the needs of citizens, require our leadership and personal commitment. I am pleased that the Scottish Government and COSLA are working in partnership to ensure the success of integration. We need to act together and in our individual roles to accelerate progress.”

“There are challenges we must address and we recognise that we need to adapt, compromise and support one another to deliver integration for the people of Scotland.”

Councillor Stuart Currie, COSLA spokesperson for Health and Social Care, said:

“Good progress has been made under integration to date but, as highlighted by Audit Scotland last year, there is always more we can do to achieve improved outcomes for our communities. COSLA welcomes the proposals and their broad endorsement across the system sends a strong message of commitment to the health and social care integration agenda.”

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Published 6. February 2019 in News, News UK