This page gives an overview of some of the national outcomes, integration principles and information about any levers in system.

Integration Planning and Delivery Principles

The integration planning and delivery principles (this link will take you away from our website) explain what people using services and their carers can expect from integrated services, as well as what is expected of organisations and people planning and delivering care and support.

All integration-related activity should be focused on these principles to help achieve the nine national health and wellbeing outcomes.

The integration planning and delivery principles apply to:

  • NHS Boards and Local Authorities, when drawing up their integration scheme;
  • Integration Authorities, when preparing their strategic plan;
  • Any organisation which carries out an integration function (i.e. delivers a service commissioned under the strategic plan);
  • Healthcare Improvement Scotland and the Care Inspectorate, in carrying out scrutiny and improvement functions relating to integrated care.

More information on the principles for planning and delivering integrated health and social care can be found in the Scottish Government guidance (This link will take you away from our website).

National Health & Wellbeing Outcomes

The National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes are high-level statements of what health and social care partners are attempting to achieve through integration. There are nine national health and wellbeing outcomes (this link will take you away from our website) which provide a strategic framework for the planning and delivery of health and social care services.

They have been chosen to make sure that service planning and delivery focuses on:

  • The experiences and outcomes of people who use support and services,
  • Unpaid carers, and
  • The quality of those services.

The guidance relating to the health and wellbeing outcomes (PDF – This link will take you away from our website) makes it clear that these are central to Health and Social Care Integration, and that Integration Authorities should ensure they are meaningful to and for people in their area.