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  • Integration Authorities Consultation with Stakeholders - Ends 08 March 2017

    Created: 14/02/2017

    The Scottish Governments Health and Sport Committee has agreed, as part of its budget scrutiny, to examine Integration Authorities’ (IAs) approach to engagement with stakeholders and whether or not IAs are doing enough to involve patients, carers, the third sector and other stakeholders over the design and future of health and social care in their local area.

    The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 places a duty on integration authorities to ensure that stakeholders are fully engaged in the preparation, publication and review of strategic commissioning plans.

    Regulations set out the people who must be consulted in relation to integration schemes, strategic plans and significant decisions in a locality.

    The standard consultees were outlined as:

    • Health professionals;
    • Users of health care;
    • Carers of users of health care;
    • Commercial providers of health care;
    • Social care professionals;
    • Users of social care;
    • Carers of users of social care;
    • Commercial providers of social care;
    • Non-commercial providers of social care;
    • Staff of the Health Board and local authority who are not health professionals or social care professionals;
    • Non-commercial providers of social housing; and
    • Third sector bodies carrying out activities related to health or social care.

    A general call for written evidence was issued on Monday 13 February seeking views from patient and carers representatives, NHS and social care staff, third sector organisations asking:  

    • Do you know how and when you can get involved with the Integration Authorities to influence decision making?
    • Were you consulted in the preparation of the strategic plans or involved with the work of the Strategic Planning Group?
    • Have you been involved with the work of the Integration Authority following the publication of the strategic plan?
    • Have you been involved with the work of the localities/ what involvement would you like to have?
    • Do you think that your involvement with the IAs has had an impact on decision making?
    • What could be done to improve the communication from the IAs?
    • What could be done to ensure greater collaboration and engagement in the decision making process of Integration Authorities?

    How to submit your evidence

    The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 08 March 2017.

    Responses should be sent, wherever possible, electronically and in MS Word format to: [email protected] 

    Hard copy responses may be sent to: Health and Sport Committee, T3.60, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh EH99 1SP

    Responses should be no more than four sides of A4 in length.

    Before making a submission, please read their Policy on Treatment of Written Evidence by Subject and Mandatory Committees

    The Committee will hold a roundtable evidence session at a future date.

    This will be followed by an oral evidence session with a selection of Integration Authorities. 




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