The Angus Integration Joint Board (AIJB) was established in April 2016 in response to The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 which sets out changes in the way health and social care services are planned and delivered. In Angus, these changes have meant that:
- Adult Health and Social Care services are delivered by Angus Health and Social Care Partnership (AHSCP) which is a partnership of NHS Tayside and Angus Council; and
- The AIJB is responsible for the governance of AHSCP and the strategic planning of adult health and social care services.
The services for which the AIJB are responsible for include:
- Unplanned admissions to hospital
- Primary care services including GPs and community nursing
- Allied health professionals, for example physiotherapists and occupational therapists
- Social work assessment
- Social work services for adults and older people
- Services and support for adults with physical disabilities and learning disabilities
- Community mental health services
- Community dental, ophthalmic and pharmaceutical services
- Support for carers
The following services are hosted by AIJB on behalf of the other Tayside Integration Joint Boards:
- Locality Pharmacy
- Primary Care Services (excludes the NHS Board administrative, contracting and professional advisory functions)
- GP Out of Hours
- Forensic Medicine
- Continence Service
- Speech and Language Therapy.
The Angus Integration Scheme , which has been approved by the Scottish Government, details the relationship between AIJB, AHSCP, NHS Tayside and Angus Council.
AIJB Standing Orders provide the rules and regulations for the proceedings of the AIJB.
Who sits on the Integration Joint Board?
As stated by the Act and its associated regulations, the IJB is made up of voting and non-voting members.
In Angus there are six voting members of the IJB, three of whom are non-executive board members of NHS Tayside and three of whom are elected members of Angus Council.
There are also a number of non-voting members. These include advisors like the Chief Officer, Chief Finance Officer, Chief Social Work Officer and representatives of the third and independent sector, carers and trade unions. There are also operational advisors for Community Health and Care Services for North and South Angus, mental health, public health, primary care, pharmacy and legal services.
To date the practice has been for decisions of AIJB to be made by consensus of the full membership rather than the use of voting.
At the inception of the AIJB, the IJB agreed to create a separate Audit Committee with an agreed remit. In August 2018 the first Angus IJB Audit Committee Annual Report was presented to the Angus IJB.
Further information about AIJB and all papers can be found here.