Scottish Parliament reports on Health and Social Care Integration Engagement
The Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee has published its report on health and social care integration engagement.
The inquiry looked at the extent to which stakeholders (including the public, the service users, the third sector and the independent sector) are being involved effectively in the work of Integration Authorities. The Committee considered a series of reports, from Audit Scotland, the Alliance and the Coalition of Carers, that indicate that engagement with stakeholders has been patchy and that there is a lack of public awareness around health and social integration and reshaping care. Some Partnerships are falling short when it comes to co-production and there is a lack of transparency in decision making. The Committe notes financial cost of engagement for some organisations and representatives.
These reports, along with the written and oral evidence the committee received, highlight challenges that need to be overcome to ensure the vision of stakeholders being embedded in Integration Authorities and ultimately service design is being realised.
In conclusion the Committee recognises that “at times there will be challenging decisions to be made by IAs involving competing priorities, the priorities of the local community, financial proprieties and the priority to deliver the shift in the balance of care. In the Scottish Government’s response to this report we request it provide further information on the guidance and assistance it provides to IAs in supporting their navigation through these often competing priorities”.