The Scottish Public Health Network (ScotPHN) have a report into ‘Approaches to prioritisation for health and social care integration: scoping the involvement of local public health teams‘. The report looks at how public health teams can provide prioritisation guidance for health and social care integration, and whether a ‘once-for-Scotland’ approach would be viable.
The King’s Fund have produced a report, commissioned by the Scottish Government, on the role of chief officers in health and social care integration in Scotland. The report is entitled. ‘Leading across health and social care in Scotland: learning from chief officers’ experiences, planning next steps’, and it sets out how the chief officers of integration authorities have developed their role in the Scottish health and social care system and makes recommendations to strengthen and further embed their roles.
NHS Health Scotland have produced a publication on the practical actions that people working in Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs) in Scotland can take to reduce health inequalities when developing plans and priorities. The publication is aimed at staff working in HSCPs, in particular planners and managers.
Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) have released a paper on third and independent sector engagement with health and social care integration in Scotland. The paper aims to promote the role of the two sectors in the integrated services.
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.