The Public Bodies (Joint Working) Act (Scotland) 2014 sets out the arrangements for the integration of health and social care across the country. The Scottish Government-approved Integration Scheme for West Dunbartonshire details the ‘body corporate’ arrangement by which NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board and West Dunbartonshire Council agreed to formally delegate health and social care services for adults and children to a third body, which is described in the Act as an Integration Joint Board. The Integration Joint Board for West Dunbartonshire is known as the West Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership Board.
The Health & Social Care Partnership Board is responsible for the operational oversight of West Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership (WD HSCP), which is the joint delivery vehicle for those integrated services delegated to it (except for any NHS acute hospital services, as these are managed directly by the Health Board). These arrangements for integrated service delivery are conducted within an operational service delivery framework established by the Health Board and Council for their respective functions, ensuring both those organisations can continue to discharge their retained governance responsibilities.
At the 17th August 2016 West Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership Board meeting, members approved the second HSCP Strategic Plan. Our Strategic Plan sets out our commissioning priorities for the next three years – with a clear commitment to the delivery of effective clinical and care governance and Best Value. It has been shaped by our Annual Performance Report for 2016/17; our strategic needs assessment, which illustrates the growing complexity of need and demand within our diverse local communities; our active engagement with stakeholders at locality, community planning and national levels; and our understanding of the broader policy and legislative context.