Call on Scottish Parliament to look beyond consultation on integration
The ALLIANCE has called on the Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee to broaden its consultation on health and social care integration to consider the extent to which people who use support and services are being enabled to co-produced health and social care integration, rather than being consulted after the fact.
The Committee recently launched a consultation considering how well stakeholders have been consulted by the new integration authorities. In response, the ALLIANCE has called for a broader view to be taken on how people can support the implementation of integrated approaches to the design, delivery and evaluation of health and social care. Co-production is a concept espoused in the Policy Memorandum which underpinned the development of the Public Bodies (Joint Working) Act, the guidance that has supported implementation and an essential element of enabling the transformative service reform that is required.
The ALLIANCE also noted a range of views gathered through research by our Third Sector Health and Social Care Support Team and research carried out with the Self Management Network Scotland. These include:
- Most third sector advocates are still not fully embedded in decision-making processes.
- In most areas, there has been extensive engagement regarding strategic plans, much of it facilitated by Third Sector Interfaces.
- In many areas there continues to be a perceived lack of clarity about the role and purpose of Strategic Planning Groups.
- Many third sector organisations find it difficult to find information that would enable them to enhance their contribution.