Scottish care homes should be prepared for “tough conversations” as the Scottish Government forges ahead with health and social care integration plans, a progress review has made clear.
This states that from the end of August, care homes in Scotland should expect an inspection “fundamentally focused” on the outcomes being achieved by integrated arrangements.
In addition, the performance of the whole partnership – the Health Board, Local Authority and Integration Joint Boards – will be examined for its contribution to effective integration. The aim of the new-look inspection is to bring “a more balanced focus across health and social care”, ministers have said.
The new-look inspection is part of a raft of recommendations made by the Scottish Government to improve integration of health and social care in Scotland.
Other recommendations aim to improve collaboration and understanding of pressures, cultures and drivers in different parts of the system, partnership working with the third and independent sectors, integrated financial planning including “timeously” agreed delegated budgets and outcomes-based commissioning.
New statutory guidance on how care homes engage with their local community as well as guidance on what ‘good’ integration looks like in community health and social care integrated services both aim to ensure services “are fit for purpose, fit for the future, and support better outcomes for people using services, carers and local communities,” say ministers.