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West Lothian Integration Scheme Review – Consultation

Published: September 28, 2021


West Lothian Council and NHS Lothian are reviewing their Integration Scheme and are calling on any and all views before Monday 11 October.

The Integration Scheme sets out the arrangements for the West Lothian Integration Joint Board’s operation, remit and governance. West Lothian Integration Joint Board (IJB) is responsible for the strategic planning and commissioning of health and social care services in West Lothian. The IJB is a separate public body from NHS Lothian and West Lothian Council and the Integration Scheme has been approved by West Lothian Council, NHS Lothian and the Scottish Government.

The Integration Scheme sets out which health and social care functions are delegated to the IJB by NHS Lothian and West Lothian Council. In West Lothian, this includes the following functions:

  • Primary Care
  • Adult Social Care
  • Mental Health
  • Drug and Alcohol Services
  • Learning Disability
  • Physical Disability
  • Community Health
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Health Improvement
  • Housing Aids and Adaptations
  • Oral Health (hosted for the Lothians)

The functions that councils and health boards can agree to delegate to the IJB are limited and are set out in the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014.  In West Lothian, Children and Families social work services and Community Criminal Justice services remain the statutory responsibility of West Lothian Council, and both the council and health board retain the statutory duties of the Carers Act 2016 relating to young carers.

West Lothian Council and NHS Lothian are jointly consulting on what changes might be made to the Integration Scheme.  The Integration Scheme was last updated in 2019 to incorporate the Carers Act duties – you can read this here.

We welcome any and all views as part of this review. Please send these to by Monday 11 October 2021. 

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