£107m for health and social care integration

£107m for health and social care integration


I’m here in Midlothian Community Hospital looking at some of the many services that are provided to keep people independent and active in their own communities for as long as possible and reduce the need for older people to be admitted to acute hospitals. It’s all part of the integration of Health and Social Care that we have made such a priority and of course we’re announcing today additional funding on top of the funding that we made last year to further develop community and social care services and also support the payment of the living wage to adult social care workers across the country so this is important investment but its backing one of the most important policy objectives of the Scottish Government which is genuinely integrated health and social care services that mean that people get the care they need where they need it and if that’s in their own home and their own community rather than a hospital then that’s how it should be done. Our social care workforce are key to the work that we want to do that’s about delivering more and more services to people in their own homes. Our social care workforce are at the very heart of that and I think the delivery of the Living Wage is absolutely key. There’s much more work we need to do around supporting the social care workforce in terms of how they manage and how they’re supported and how they’re connected with all the other professionals that are delivering care to older people but this is absolutely fundamental and ultimately it is about supporting more people closer to home and delivering better outcomes for older people.

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