William Eichler 03 December 2015

Integration of health and social care in Scotland faces ‘significant risks’

Integration of health and social care in Scotland faces ‘significant risks’ image

The integration of health and social care in Scotland faces ‘significant risks’ which need to be overcome, according to a new report.

The study, authored for the Accounts Commission and Auditor General, reviews the progress made to establish 31 new integration authorities (IAs), which are tasked with planning joint health and social care services and managing budgets totalling over £8bn.

A number of problems, according to the report, need to be addressed in order for integration to go ahead successfully on 1 April 2016. These include: difficulties agreeing budgets, complex governance arrangements, and workforce planning.

The report recommends that IAs set clear targets and timescales to better clarify how integrated services will deliver care differently.

It is also unlikely, according to the report’s authors, that IAs won’t have much of an impact in their first year.

Caroline Gardner, auditor general for Scotland, said: ‘The creation of new bodies responsible for £8bn of public money is a significant and complex process, so it's important to recognise the early progress that's been achieved to date.

‘If these new bodies are to achieve the scale and pace of change that's needed, there should be a clear understanding of who is accountable for delivering integrated services, and strategic plans that show how integration authorities will use resources to transform delivery of health and social care.’

The power of local systems to save lives image

The power of local systems to save lives

Councils and their partners could do even more to contain the spread of COVID-19 if properly funded to undertake a robust localised system of testing, tracking and tracing, argues Professor Donna Hall.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Qualified Social Workers within Adult Services

Essex County Council
£30906 - £42254 per annum
Essex County Council ( ECC) can offer a wide range of opportunities within Adult Social Care for Qualified Social Workers across a variety of teams an England, Essex, Colchester
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Building Surveyor

Essex County Council
£38001.0 - £43299.0 per annum
Discover the perfect work/life balance - then combine it with genuine job satisfaction. At Essex County Council, we are proud to support a highly skil England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Social Care Manager - Preparing for Adulthood Team

City of York Council
£30,500 - £34,797 per annum
We are looking for someone who will... York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

Control Practitioner - Nights

City of York Council
£21,400 to £23,793 per annum) reduced pro-rata
Be Independent are a City of York council service focused on assisting customers to live independently in their own homes. York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

Arts Officer Projects and Commissioning

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£29,738 - £36,036 depending on skills, knowledge and experience
Are you looking to join an innovative, dynamic and forward-thinking team? London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue