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About the Act

The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act was granted royal assent on April 1, 2014:

It will put in place:

  • Nationally agreed outcomes, which will apply across health and social care, and for which NHS Boards and Local Authorities will be held jointly accountable
  • A requirement on NHS Boards and Local Authorities to integrate health and social care budgets
  • A requirement on Partnerships to strengthen the role of clinicians and care professionals, along with the third and independent sectors, in the planning and delivery of services

Partnerships will be jointly accountable to Ministers, Local Authorities, NHS Board Chairs and the public for delivering the nationally agreed outcomes.