News of a forthcoming Audit Scotland report on health and social care integration. The report is due to be published in November 2018 and will look at the impact public bodies are having as they work together to integrate health and social care services in line with the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014. This will be the second of three scheduled audits, a previous report was published in December 2015.
The Scottish Government have published a discussion document to support further engagement on safe and effective staffing in health and social care. The paper is intended to enable further engagement on the development of approaches to safe and effective staffing and sets out refreshed proposals on planned legislation, building on previous consultation exercises. The consultation closes on 20 February.
An event will be held in Aberdeen on 5 February 2018 on this consultation.
The Scottish Government have published an independent analysis of the recent consultation on safe and effective staffing in health and social care. The specific proposals were to enshrine safe staffing in law, beginning with nursing and midwifery workload and workforce planning tools. An updated summary document has also been published. There was general support for the proposals but some divergence on if, and how, the legislation should be extended to social care. Further consultation on the issue is planned.
The Scottish Government, in partnership with Scotland’s Executive Nurse Directors, have produced three brief papers on the ‘Transforming roles’ programme. The papers aim to give an update on the nursing and midwifery professions to the transformational change agenda in health and social care in Scotland. The three papers are entitled:
Transforming Nursing, Midwifery and Health Professions’ (NMaHP) roles: pushing the boundaries to meet health and social care needs in Scotland.
Paper 1: Introduction
Paper 2: Advanced nursing practice
Paper 3: The district nursing role in integrated community nursing teams
The second part of the National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan has been published by the Scottish Government. The report is sub-titled ‘ a framework for improving workforce planning for social care in Scotland’, and sets out how the Scottish Government, COSLA, and social care partners aim to work together to develop new ways of recruiting nurses and care workers, and improve national and local workforce planning.
The plan considers a number of innovative models of care delivery – including care provided by small, self-managing teams in their localities. One method highlighted is the ‘Buurtzorg’ neighbourhood care model which is currently being trialled by Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership.
The Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament have issued a report that looks ahead to the Scottish Government health and sport draft budget. The report calls for greater transparency over the budget in general, but specifically in relation to the new integration authorities (IAs). The Committee are also critical on the progress to the shift in the balance of care to the IAs.
The Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee have published a report on the extent to which the public, service users, the third sector and the independent sector are involved in the work of Integrated Authorities. The committee warn against a piecemeal, top-down, tick-box approach and that meaningful engagement is important to the successful integration of health and social care services.
Health and Sport Committee (2017) Are they involving us? Integration Authorities engagement with stakeholders, 11th Report (Session 5), Edinburgh: Scottish Parliament.