Working in partnership with scrutiny bodies: advice note

This advice note summarises the powers and responsibilities of our respective health and social care scrutiny bodies and sets out the rationale for how Integration Authorities can work jointly with these organisations.

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3. Scrutiny of health and social care integration

3.1 A number of scrutiny bodies have an interest in how the health and social care agenda is developing:

  • The Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland through their joint inspections of health and care services and through intelligence gathered in regulatory scrutiny activities at individual service level.
  • The Accounts Commission, as the body that will appoint auditors to Integration Joint Boards and Health Boards and Local Authorities with a lead agency approach, has an interest in financial management, governance arrangements and the extent to which the new partnerships are able to demonstrate the delivery of Best Value.
  • The Auditor General for Scotland (alongside the Accounts Commission) has an audit interest in the extent to which health and social integration, as a significant national policy development, is being implemented at national and local level, alongside its impact on NHSScotland.

Annex A summarises the statutory basis of the organisations listed above.



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