News & Events


Third Sector Health and Social Care Support Team – Integration Forums

  • EDINBURGH – 24th October – 10am – 12.30pm

The team hold a monthly topical Integration Forum on a rolling venue basis. The forums are open to anyone with an interest in health and social care integration. Teas and coffees will also be served at the meeting. Places are free but limited, so please do book your space early and let us know of any accessibility or dietary requirements in advance by emailing

Integration 101

***no current dates***

Finding Health and Social Care Integration confusing? Do you want to understand how integration is progressing across Scotland?

Following huge demand, our Integration 101 sessions will be going back to basics – from the implementation of the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 to where we are now and beyond. This short informal session will cover the policy context and aspirations, alongside the current national picture and what some of the challenges and opportunities will be over the coming years. It will also provide an opportunity for table-top discussions with participants and informal networking.

Places are free but limited, so please do book early to secure your place. Please also advise of any dietary or accessibility requirements by emailing

Training and Information Sessions


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Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 – UPDATE

Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) have written a summary on updates to the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. This summary will help both practitioners and community members to use the act.

Health and Sport Committee Report on Health and Social Care Integration Budgets Published (30th November 2016)

The Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee released its report on Health and Social Care Partnerships’ budgets, which has been submitted to the Scottish Government. The report will be forwarded to Finance and Constitution Committee to inform its consideration of the Scottish budget. We have produced a briefing of this report (download) outlining the main content.

Scoping Report Published (14th October 2016)

We are delighted to announce that we have just published the report generated by the scoping activity we undertook in Spring / early Summer this year. This narrates what we learnt about the sector’s perceptions of the current challenges and how these can be addressed and also highlights some of the work being undertaken in individual areas to address these challeges.

The Key Overarching Challenges We Identified:

  • Consensus that integration is still in its infancy in most areas with Integration Authorities not yet embedded in the local public service landscape.
  • The focus in the last two years has been on meeting the legal requirements, and many feel that the current year will be ‘more of the same’.
  • In many areas, partnership working at the strategic level has gone backwards in the last two years and as a result, there are concerns about whether any change will be transformational, even in the longer term.
  • The concerns are compounded by the perceived lack of investment of time, energy and money in building the foundations of the new way of working.

The report is very clearly a capture of a moment in time in a rapidly evolving landscape but we hope you find its content offers you some insight into the current landscape. We would also be delighted to receive your thoughts on its content and usefulness and any additional information about how the landscape continues to evolve so please get in touch if you have something you want to share.

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