The Legislation

This page has been designed to help you find the relevant legislation. We have also provided additional information about its content, where this seems helpful.

Primary Legislation

The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014, was presented to the Scottish Parliament on 28 May 2013, received royal assent on April 1 2014, and came into force on 24 July 2014.

Secondary Legislation

The Act is supplemented by a series of statutory instruments that create its implementation context:-

There have also been a number of statutory instruments to commence the Act and deal with technical issues / definitions


The Scottish Government have also produced a comprehensive set of guidance notes to support implementation. Links to these are available alongside other useful information on the Scottish Government’s Health and Social Care Integration webpages but we have also provided links to these, and additional information about their content, within the relevant sections on this website.


The ALLIANCE briefed MSPs ahead of a Scottish Government debate on health and social care integration.

The briefing sets out a number of key points about the implementation of integration:

  • This must reflect the clear vision for change in culture set out by Scottish Government guidance notes;
  • The third sector has a substantial role to play and must be a key partner;
  • Health and Social Care Partnerships need to become better able to shift investment to sustainably support effective, preventative approaches;
  • People who use support and services must be full partners in the design, delivery and improvement of health and social care.

The debate occurred days before each of the new Health and Social Care Partnerships across Scotland had to have their integration schemes approved by the Scottish Government.

A number of organisations and agencies undertake analysis of legislation and its implementation. A selection of those relating to health and social care integration are highlighted below.

  • The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) produce a range of briefings for MSPs to support them in their role. In August 2016 they published a health and social care integration briefing that describes how the legislation is being implemented and examines key issues for the integration agenda.

Other Resources

You may find the Integration Basic Facts Powerpoint slides and Integration Key Facts briefing produced by the Third Sector Health and Social Care Support Team a helpful introduction to integration.

If you want to understand more about the legislative process you may find the information on the ‘How Laws are Passed‘ section of the Scottish Parliament website useful.

Find Out More About

The framework for Integration

Key decisions that underpin how Integration Authorities operate

Key documents produced by Integration Authorities

Integration Governance Structures

Other Considerations for Integration Authorities

The National Picture

Making links with other policies

Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament activity

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