Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership is one of 31 integration bodies in Scotland, serving a population of over 160,000 across rural and urban communities. It aims to enable people in Falkirk to live full and positive lives within supportive and inclusive communities.
The Partnership’s workforce is employed by Falkirk Council, NHS Forth Valley, and its partners in the third and independent sectors. They work in local social work offices, health centres, GP Practices, community hospitals, care homes, intermediate care facilities, day centres, and communities across the Falkirk area.
Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership delivers care and support for adults and older people with mental health problems, long term physical conditions, and substance misuse problems.
People who provide direct care for their loved ones, known as unpaid carers, are also supported by The Partnership through the Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre.
The Partnership is run by its Integration Joint Board made up of representatives from Falkirk Council, NHS Forth Valley, the third sector, service users and carers.
Managing an annual budget of over £255m, the Board has responsibility for planning, resourcing and operating services, working to deliver the nine National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes.
What is health and social care integration?
Integration is the most significant change to health and social care services in Scotland since the creation of the NHS in 1948.
It ensures that health and social care services and support options are joined-up and seamless, especially for people with longer-term or complex needs.
The Scottish Government’s programme of integration is underpinned by the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014, which requires local authorities and health boards to work together by law. This legislation resulted in the creation of 31 health and social care partnerships across Scotland.
You don’t’ need to do anything differently to access support– services have been working together behind the scenes. Health and social care staff are working more closely to support individuals and deliver joined-up care in local communities across Forth Valley.
You can learn more about integration on the Health and Social Care Scotland website, the national network for Scotland’s integration bodies.