Integrating Health and Social Care in North Lanarkshire - Equality Reporting
The Scottish Parliament passed legislation requiring Health Boards and Local Authorities across Scotland to integrate adult health and social care functions. This is the most significant reform to Scotland’s National Health Service and social care service in a generation. The purpose of integrating these services is to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of people.
NHS Lanarkshire and North Lanarkshire Council have chosen to integrate services through the establishment of The North Lanarkshire Joint Integration Board.
From 1st April 2016, the North Lanarkshire Joint Integration Board, a new, legal entity will be responsible for planning, commissioning and overseeing the delivery of integrated health and social care provision, covering community and unplanned hospital healthcare and adult, children and families and community justice social work in North Lanarkshire.
The Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 stipulates that all public bodies across Scotland are required to produce and deliver a set of equality outcomes to further one or more of the three needs of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED/also known as General Duty).
The duty has two parts – a General Duty and Specific Duties. The General Duty came into force in April 2011 and applies to any organisation which carries out a public function.
There are a number of requirements under the Specific Duties which support public bodies to carry out the General Duty. The Scottish Government added Joint Integration Board to Schedule 19 of the Equality Act 2010 and to The Equality Act 2010 (specific duties) Regulations 201 in April 2016 and so all IJBs are subject to the Specific Duties.
The Joint Integration Boards will be required to publish the following information by the 30 April 2016:
• A report on mainstreaming the equality duty
• A set of equality outcomes
Mainstreaming Equality Duty Report and Equality Outcomes
Health and Social Care North Lanarkshire’s Mainstreaming Report and Equality Outcomes 2016-18, were approved at the November 2016 Integration Joint Board Meeting and can be viewed by clicking here.