The Integration support team has been commissioned by the Scottish Government to:
- Increase the third sector’s capacity to engage in and contribute to health and social care integration generally, and its strategic decision making processes specifically; and
- Increase Health and Social Care Partnerships’ capacity to work effectively with the third sector and to plan and implement solutions that enable this.
The Programme augments and complements the existing support that is available to the third sector and Partnerships through the Scottish Government’s wider investment in third sector capacity building, the work commissioned and delivered by the Scottish Government’s Health and Social Care Integration Division, and the work of other national improvement and support partners, such as the Improvement Hub.
The Programme adopts an asset-based approach to its capacity building activity but this is grounded in developing an in-depth understanding of the context of integration and current issues and challenges, to enable effective prioritisation of its activities.
Given the nature of the third sector and its strategic engagement, the Programme also indirectly contributes to the work of capacity building programmes that support users and carers to coproduce the new health and social care landscape.
The programme is being delivered by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) with its delivery shaped by a partnership between: