Integration Act comes into Force

The Scottish Government’s Bill for integration was granted royal assent on April 1, 2014. The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act  is a landmark health and social care reform for Scotland and is the most substantial reform to the country’s National Health Services and social care services in a generation. It will mean changes to the law which requires Health Boards and Local Authorities to integrate their services resulting in more joined-up, seamless health and social care provision that will improve people’s lives.

 Integration of health and social care is the Scottish Government’s ambitious programme of reform to improve services for people who use health and social care services. Integration will ensure that health and social care provision across Scotland is joined-up and seamless, especially for people with long term conditions and disabilities, many of whom are older people.