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Frequently Asked Questions 

I’ve heard about the ‘Integration of Health and Social Care Services’. In a nutshell, what does that mean? What’s the principal aim?

Integration means that the expertise and resources of adult health and social care services are combined, shared, co-ordinated and plans are made jointly.

The integration process will support the improvement of the quality and consistency of health and adult social care services, especially for people with long term conditions and disabilities, many of whom are older people. The principal aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of the people in Lanarkshire.

Is this just a Lanarkshire-wide initiative or is the Scottish Government rolling it out across the nation?

Integration of Health and Social Care is the Scottish Government’s programme of reform to improve services for people who use adult health and social care services. The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act was granted royal assent on 1 April 2014. That means changes to the law which require health boards and local authorities to integrate these services. The Act is a landmark adult health and social care reform for Scotland and is the most substantial reform to the country's national health services and social care services in a generation.

What is the main aspect of the Act?

One of the main aspects of the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act is to create statutory Health & Social Care Partnerships (H&SCPs) in each local authority area in co-operation with health boards to replace Community Health Partnerships (CHPs). 1 April, 2015 marked the conclusion of a highly successful era in the delivery of health services in Lanarkshire. As the integration of health and social care came into effect – the respective North and South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnerships (H&SCPs) superseded Lanarkshire’s North and South Community Health Partnerships (CHPs). Lanarkshire had two CHPs: North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire.

Who are the Chief Officers?

South Lanarkshire H&SCP – Val de Souza
Val took up post of Director of Health and Social Care in September 2016 which includes Chief Officer duties. Val is the former Head of Shared Social Services and Chief Social Work Officer for Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils. Val worked for ten years as a Group Manager for Strategy, Quality Assurance and Planning in West Lothian, where she also had the lead for Mental Health and Adult Support and Protection. Previous to this she worked for Edinburgh city council as a social worker and social work manager for 17 years.  Val also has experience of working in the voluntary sector through previous roles with Barnardos and Edinburgh Council for Single Homeless. 

Health and Social Care North Lanarkshire H&SCP – Janice Hewitt
Janice Hewitt is Chief Accountable Officer. Janice, who was appointed in August 2014, was working as an advisor to the Scottish Government across early years and health and social care integration agendas. She previously held the role of Assistant Chief Executive of Stirling Council until earlier this year and has an extensive portfolio of experience that spans senior roles in the Scottish Prison Service, CoSLA and the voluntary sector where she worked as Chief Executive of Apex Scotland.

Do you have any examples of how an integrated, partnership approach works in practice in Lanarkshire?

Find out how integration works in practice by following David’s journey – from hospital discharge to regaining independence – documented in this video:

Every Step of the Way from RCOP Lanarkshire on Vimeo.

You can also see how former Army boxer John McCluskey has been helped to get back on his feet after a serious fall and regain independence. John, from East Kilbride, has been supported by the Integrated Community Support Team in South Lanarkshire. Watch his story here: 

John McCluskey - There's no ward like home from Health & Social Care Integration on Vimeo.