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West Lothian Joint Integration Board Equality Statement

Integrating Health and Social Care in West Lothian - Equality Reporting

The Scottish Parliament passed legislation requiring Health Boards and Local Authorities across Scotland to integrate adult health and social care functions. This is the most significant reform to Scotland's National Health Service and social care service in a generation. The purpose of integrating these services is to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of people.

NHS Lothian and West Lothian Council have chosen to integrate services through the establishment of The West Lothian Joint Integration Board.

From 1st April 2016, the West Lothian Joint Integration Board, a new, legal entity will be responsible for planning, commissioning and overseeing the delivery of integrated health and social care provision, covering community and unplanned hospital healthcare and adult, children and families and community justice social work in West Lothian.

The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 stipulates that all public bodies across Scotland are required to produce and deliver a set of equality outcomes to further one or more of the three needs of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED/also known as General Duty).

The duty has two parts - a General Duty and Specific Duties. The General Duty came into force in April 2011 and applies to any organisation which carries out a public function.

There are a number of requirements under the Specific Duties which support public bodies to carry out the General Duty. The Scottish Government added Joint Integration Boards to Schedule 19 of the Equality Act 2010 and to The Equality Act 2010 (specific duties) Regulations 201 in April 2016 and so all IJBs are subject to the Specific Duties.

As such West Lothian Integration Joint Board has published a report on mainstreaming the equality duty including related equality outcomes.

Mainstreaming Equality Duty Report and Equality Outcomes

West Lothian Integration Joint Board strategic plan was developed through extensive engagement with our local communities, service users and patients, clinicians, practitioners, carers and other stakeholders.  In developing this plan, West Lothian Integration Joint Board took account of the requirements for mainstreaming equality by closely aligning its equality outcomes with the strategic outcomes.   The plan was subject to pdf icon an integrated equalities impact assessment [211kb].

The IJB's Mainstreaming and Equality Outcomes will be reported on regularly to the Integration Joint Board and also as part of the annual report on the strategic plan. 

The strategic plan addresses our vision to increase wellbeing and reduce health inequalities across all communities in West Lothian.  The main challenges to improving health in West Lothian are the ageing population, persistent health inequalities, the continuing shift in the pattern of disease towards long term conditions and growing numbers of people with multiple conditions and complex needs.

In order to tackle the challenge of reducing the health inequalities gap in West Lothian, we are strongly committed to the development of a preventative outcomes-based approach, with an emphasis on effective early interventions to tackle social inequalities and improve wellbeing in communities.

To this end our strategic plan focuses on prevention, early intervention and collaborative working to ensure services are planned, co-ordinated and evaluated on the delivery of outcomes; and resources are targeted to achieve the greatest impact on those most in need.  We will also work with the wider Community Planning Partners to jointly find approaches and solutions to addressing the specific inequalities which relate to the people of West Lothian.