The purpose of this guidance is to provide advice to Health Boards, Local Authorities and Integration Joint Boards on a process of assurance to help ensure the success of integrating health and social care.
An effective assurance process should enable the host body (whether an Integration Joint Board (IJB) in a corporate body arrangement; or a Health Board or Local Authority in a lead agency arrangement) to identify the resources delegated to
it and the financial, legal or organisational risks involved; it should also help the delegating partners to quantify the risks to their respective operations.
If planned and implemented in a logical sequence, it should allow the Health Board and Local Authority to maximise the benefits and minimise the risks from integration.
Typically, an assurance process covers three main areas:
The focus of this guidance is on financial assurance, but it is recommended that partners coordinate their activities across the three domains as work in one area can often inform work in another.