Integration of health and social care is the Scottish Government's ambitious programme of reform to improve services for people who use health and social care services. Integration will ensure that health and social care provision across Scotland is joined-up and seamless, especially for people with long term conditions and disabilities, many of whom are older people.
Our challenge is how we support people to feel confident enough to take on caring roles, and to feel certain that they will be able to do that role well enough for their loved ones, so that they are achieving the best outcome for the person they care for. This is the ultimate in early intervention and preventative care, realising local and community assets to their fullest and engaging with citizens in a meaningful and honest partnership.
To improve services for all, we need to know what you think. In answering the following questions, please reflect on your experiences, or those of friends/family. Tell us where things work well, when they don't and what could be changed to make the journey through the health and social care system better.

* 1. What works well in your area?
Consider what services are available at present through the Doctors surgery, volunteer services which support wellbeing, and any other interventions you feel are relevant to the provision of health and social care.

* 2. Considering your local area, would the provision of any additional health care or social care services make the health and/or social care journey better? Please consider all services which may impact your wellbeing journey,e.g. voluntary services, transport, at home support.

* 3. What's missing?
Reflect upon a time when your wellbeing would have been enhanced if "this" was available. Tell us what "this" is.

* 4. Please use this space to tell us anything else you feel is important, including any barriers to care that currently exist.

* 5. Would you be willing to discuss Health & Social Care Integration further?
If so, please leave us your contact details.

Thank you for taking time to consider these questions. We know that a ‘one size fits all’ approach won’t meet the needs of our population, and therefore strengthening locality planning and giving local areas ownership of the integration agenda will enable flexibility and the scope for them to flourish. The health and social care integration principles have been designed to allow Partnerships to tailor services locally according to the character and requirements of the people and places they serve.
For more information visit; www.gov.scot/Topics/Health/Policy/Adult-Health-SocialCare-Integration

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