Health and Social Care Partnership

The Health and Social Care Partnership is responsible for the planning, funding and delivery of a range of community health services and social work/social care services for older people, adults, children and families and people in the Criminal Justice System in the South Ayrshire Council area. The Partnership was created in 2015 under the provisions of the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act, 2014.

The Partnership is governed by an Integration Joint Board comprising eight voting members appointed by South Ayrshire Council and the NHS Ayrshire and Arran Board. Representatives from other Sectors including the 3rd Sector, Independent Sector, staff representatives and others representing the interests of patients, service users, carers and professionals also sit on the Board and contribute to its work. Separate Integration Joint Boards have also been established in the North and East Ayrshire Council areas.

The Board is a separate legal entity in its own right from both South Ayrshire Council and the NHS Ayrshire and Arran Board. The Integration Joint Board’s primary responsibilities are to produce a strategic plan, allocate the integrated revenue budget for health and social care and oversee service delivery for functions delegated to it by both South Ayrshire Council and the Health Board.

View a copy of the governance document for the Partnership – the Integration Scheme.

A consultation was launched, in 2020, on revisions to the Scheme of Integration for health and social care, the legal contract between NHS Ayrshire and Arran and South Ayrshire Council underpinning the South Ayrshire Joint Board. The finalised Integration Scheme will be published as soon as possible.

Vision, mission and values

The Partnership has the following Vision, Mission and Values:

Our vision

‘Working together for the best possible health and wellbeing of our communities’

Our mission

The IJB through the Health and Social Care Partnership will express it’s mission in this planning period through an approach rooted in the following principles:

  • Support and services will be co-produced – ‘doing with’ not ‘doing to’
  • Partnership with communities sharing all resources
  • People will be treated as equals and assets and strengths built upon
  • People will have access to good information and advice pre-crisis points
  • The system will be outcome focused, proportionate and responsive
  • Bureaucracy will be the minimum it needs to be.

Our values

The following are the values to which those employed or contracted by the Partnership, or who are stakeholders in it, will be expected to adhere to:

We will be:

  • Caring
  • Positive
  • Respectful
  • Safe
  • Supportive

We will demonstrate:

  • Engagement
  • Integrity

More information

More information about the new Partnership and its priorities, opportunities and challenges can be found in its Strategic Plan and appendices.


In the light of the current advice on social distancing in relation to the Covid-19 situation the meeting will take place as a teleconference involving the members of the IJB. At this stage future meetings of the IJB and sub committees have been suspended for the foreseeable future.

Privacy notice

The Health and Social Care Partnerships work closely together to improve people's experience of services; and to give them the support they need to live safe, healthy lives in their own communities.

Whilst consent will not be required for the sharing of information between NHS Ayrshire & Arran and each of the three Ayrshire Local Authorities for the purpose of delivering integrated Health and Social Care Services, you will be informed about how your information will be collected, held and shared. This will ensure that we can deliver coordinated care that is easy to access and is focused on the best outcome for you.

In addition, the Health and Social Care Partnership may be required to share personal data with other public bodies where required by law, for the prevention or detection of crime or the protection of children and vulnerable adults.

Any use of personal data will be in full accordance with the Data Protection Law.