East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership


 ​‘We’ve taken a big step closer to joined-up health and social care services today’

1st July 2015 is a momentous day on the road towards the integration of Health and Social Care in East Lothian because it sees the inaugural meeting of the East Lothian Integration Joint Board (IJB). The Integration Joint Board will govern the East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership and drive forward the delivery of integrated health and adult social care services. These services are currently delivered through East Lothian Council and East Lothian Community Health Partnership.  

By Spring 2016, the East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership will have integrated East Lothian’s NHS and local authority adult health and social care budgets and will be delivering a new, joined-up health and social care service. The Partnership is committed to increasing the involvement of clinicians and care professionals, the third and independent sectors and local communities in the planning and delivery of health and social care services.

This new integrated service will also be responsible for delivering a range of nationally agreed outcomes which apply to adult health and social care across Scotland. These include:

  •         improving adult health and social care services
  •       shifting the balance of care so that we are able to deliver more services in community settings

  • reducing  inequalities
  • improving health and care outcomes for local people.

Wednesday’s Integrated Joint Board meeting will consider the board’s membership and governance. It will also see the appointment a Chair, Vice-Chair and a Chief Officer. The full agenda and Integrated Joint Board papers are available at http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/5686/east_lothian_integration_joint_board

East Lothian Council Adult Health and Social spokesperson and Chair of the Integration Joint Board, Councillor Donald Grant says:

‘Today is a historic day for East Lothian.  We’ve taken a big step closer to joined-up health and social care services today and I know that integration will be a real change for the better!

‘The East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, guided by the IJB, is committed to delivering excellent services and making the best and most effective use of our resources.  

‘We want to shift the balance of care back to communities – local solutions for local people.  It’s all about delivering the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

‘People have been asking for joined-up and locally delivered health and social care services for a very long time and now the IJB is here, we’re really on our way.’

 


 

 

01/07/2015