ihub: A New Dawn

The JIT becomes part of the new Improvement Hub

As of 01 April 2016, the majority of the JIT’s functions – primarily those related to health & social care integration improvement activity – are moving out of the Scottish Government and into the new ‘ihub’, hosted by Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

Almost 12 years after being created by the-then Joint Futures Unit, the Joint Improvement Team has come to an end.  Initially established by the Scottish Government and COSLA, primarily in order to facilitate better partnership working between health and social care to tackle delayed discharges, the JIT has gone through several changes and expansions over the last few years.

The most significant of these changes was the creation of an overarching governance Board – the Joint Improvement Partnership Board.  This Board represented all sectors working in the delivery of health & social care: the NHS, Local Authorities, Housing, the Third Sector and the Independent Care Sector.  This ethos of partnership working at a national level will be continued in the new arrangements for improvement going forward – arrangements that have been specifically put in place to provide additional support for the new Integrated Joint Boards and Integration Authorities.

It builds on the success of the JIT model, and enhances it by combining with the existing QI hub resources within Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

Details on the new arrangements can be found at ihub.scot – Scotland’s national improvement resource for health and social care.

Whilst the majority of the JIT’s programmes of work have transferred into the ihub, data support will be taken forward by ISD (within National Services Scotland) and work on telehealthcare will be taken forward by the Technology Enabled Care team in the Scottish Government.

The JIT’s website will no longer be updated (as of 31 March 2016), but will remain accessible until 31 March 2017.

You can follow all new improvement activity on Twitter via @ihubscot and all telehealthcare activity via @TECScotland.