Draft Integration Scheme

As you should be aware, our Council and NHS Ayrshire & Arran are in the process of establishing a South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership which will be responsible for a range of delegated health and social care functions in our area from spring/summer 2015. Similar partnerships, which will be separate legal entities, are being established across the country.

Under the Scottish Government legislation that creates the new partnerships − the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 – we are required, along with NHS Ayrshire & Arran, to prepare a partnership agreement known as an Integration Scheme, which will form the basis for the establishment and operation of the Integration Joint Board for the Health and Social Care Partnership in South Ayrshire.

The Integration Scheme is expected to be formally approved by the Council and NHS Board in January 2015, and will then be submitted to the Scottish Government for consideration and approval. If found satisfactory, Scottish Ministers will seek consent from the Scottish Parliament for the formation of an Integrated Joint Board, which will be responsible for overseeing the functions delegated to the partnership (all social work services and housing aids and adaptations in our case).

The legislation requires us to consult with you on the content of the draft Integration Scheme, which has been approved for consultation by both the Council and NHS. The draft is based on a Model Integration Scheme issued by the Scottish Government and we want to know what you think of the content, style and readability of our draft. Let us know what you think by completing the pro-forma and returning it to steven.mcculloch@south-ayrshire.gov.uk by 12 noon on Monday 8 December 2014. This is your chance to have your say on one of the most important changes in local government for many years, so please take the time to respond.

Please note, there may be some limited amendments to the draft during the consultation period as a result of Regulations arising from the legislation.