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Social care and health: the Scottish journey towards integration. ADASS Spring Seminar Andrew Lowe Immediate past president Association of Directors of Social Work. History of social work in Scotland. 1960’s Kilbrandon commission Social Work Scotland Act 1968

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social care and health the scottish journey towards integration

Social care and health: the Scottish journey towards integration.

ADASS Spring Seminar

Andrew Lowe

Immediate past president

Association of Directors of Social Work

history of social work in scotland
History of social work in Scotland
  • 1960’s Kilbrandon commission
  • Social Work Scotland Act 1968
  • 1968 unified system which joins children, adults and criminal justice services
  • A word about ‘Social Work’
slide4

Bob Winter, ADSW Annual Lecture, 2009

Forty years ago, Social Work in Scotland was on the cusp of massive change. The Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 had been passed and was in the process of being implemented. The Act proved to be a landmark for Scotland.

It provided a comprehensive service, dealing with problems affecting individuals, families and communities. It recognised the need for a director who could advise local authorities about social needs, and recognised that human problems ‘seldom come singly’. It swept away the segregated welfare, children’s and probation departments.

social work now
Social work now
  • 32 local authorities
  • 11 Directors of Social Work who are also CSWO
  • Variety of organisational models including social work paired with housing, education, health and corporate services
  • Highland model
change in the air
Change in the air
  • Summer 2010 – SNP minority government announce change funds
  • Autumn 2010 – Labour party announce proposals for a single health and care service
  • SNP up the ante...
big change in scotland
Big change in Scotland
  • 1999 - parliament restored
  • 2001 - Adults with Incapacity legislation
  • 2002 - Free Personal and Nursing Care
  • 2006 - Changing Lives review of social work in 21C
  • 2009 - Megrahi released on compassionate grounds
  • 2010 - SNP returned with an overall majority
slide10

What is to be done?

  • A research literature review commissioned
  • A position paper agreed
  • An engagement commenced
adsw position statement
ADSW position statement
  • National outcomes
  • National data set
  • Joint strategic commissioning plans (with targets built into SAOs)
  • Joint financial governance framework
  • Local/national accountability
  • Leadership programme
  • Public services improvement framework
government reaction
Government reaction
  • SNP majority government in May 2011
  • December 2011, announcement to parliament to integrate H&SC services
  • Consultations issued, concluded Sept 2012
  • Government response Feb 2013
  • Bill due before summer recess
key elements of integration
Key elements of integration
  • 2 models – Delegation between partners or body corporate
  • National outcomes
  • Joint commissioning
  • Joint accountability; jointly accountable officer
  • locality planning
  • Integrated budget- to cover primary care, aspects of secondary & social provision.
  • ‘Partnership Agreement’ –functions; outcomes; financial input; accountability.
1 scope of services included
1. Scope of services included
  • Expanded from older people to all adult services
  • Scope of budgets and services increased
  • Provision for future extension of range of services included – children’s service could feature
  • Minimum range of functions & budgets.

ADSW concerns:

  • Less local discretion.
  • No clarity on time frame for inclusion.
2 jointly accountable officer
2. Jointly Accountable Officer
  • Manage integrated budget- transfer of funding between partners or to body corporate
  • Statutory role of CSWO protected

ADSW questions:

  • Little flexibility-implementing arrangements for post
  • ‘Splitting’ of services where interface is critical
  • Confusion - level of seniority & governance issues
  • Strengthening the role of the CSWO
  • Blurred lines of accountability
  • More local accountability needed.
questions to which the answer is no
Questions to which the answer is no.
  • Are the proposals clear about the problems they are trying to solve?
  • Do we therefore know if we are making the right changes?
  • Will we therefore know if it’s working?
social work in integrated arrangements
Social Work in integrated arrangements
  • Need to strengthen and protect the social work role and contribution
  • Consolidate the identity of the profession
  • Focus on good practice based on set of values
  • Leadership and succession planning for CSWOs
  • Investing in the workforce and its culture
  • We need to develop a strategy