The Scottish Government has recently passed an Act which relates to joint working between health and social care services. This means that in the future services will be more integrated, with jointly run services and pooled budgets. It also means that carers, service users, the third sector and other partners will have more say in how services are developed and operated.
The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 – has a set of regulations and guidance which provide local partnerships with more detail on how they must prepare for health and social services to integrate and how carers must be involved in this process. The Regulations are currently out for consultation until August. To read more about the regulations and how they will affect carers and carers’ centres, you can download this briefing paper below.