Scotland Policy Conferences

Next steps for health and social care integration in Scotland

TO BE PUBLISHED September 2019

This seminar will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to examine the next steps for the continuing integration of health and social care services in Scotland.

It follows reviews of the process from Audit Scotland and The Scottish Government’s Ministerial Strategic Group for Health and Community Care in their report Health and Social Care integration: progress review

With Audit Scotland calling for a stronger commitment to collaborative working amongst key stakeholders, delegates will assess the impact of proposals set out by the Ministerial Strategic Group - in the areas of  leadership, long term financial planning, governance, and external engagement - on meeting aims to improve and quicken the integration process.

Those attending will look at governance and accountability issues facing integrated authorities (IAs). It comes with calls for the accountability process to be streamlined, greater support for integration joint board chairs, and a greater understanding of where the responsibility for decisions lie.

They will also consider the long term financial strategies for IAs following a series of practical recommendations from the Ministerial Strategic Group.

Further sessions will consider the next steps for developing external engagement, particularly in ensuring the involvement of health practitioners, service users and the third sector in decision-making processes and delivery of care.

We expect further discussion on the challenges for integration in relation to the health and social care workforce - such as demographic change and the potential impact of Brexit.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Scotland Policy Conferences seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates