Integration of health and social care is the Scottish Government's programme of reform to improve services for people who use adult health and social care services.

It ensures that health and social care provision across Scotland is joined-up and seamless, especially for people with longer term and often complex needs, many of whom are older or disabled.

This will make it easier and quicker for you to access the services and support you require and help you to live safely and independently in your own home, for as long as possible.

Health and Social Care Integration is all about putting people first, and ensuring that services are tailored to meet the individual needs of service users and their families.

There are two health and social care partnerships which cover the Forth Valley area, one for Falkirk and one for Clackmannanshire and Stirling.

The role of the Falkirk Integration Joint Board

The Falkirk Integration Joint Board (IJB) is responsible for overseeing the planning, management and delivery of relevant health and social care services. The Chief Officer for Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership works closely with health and council staff to plan and direct all of the delegated services.

The Falkirk IJB was legally established on 03 October 2015 with it being formed under The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014. On 01 April 2016, health and social care functions were formally delegated to the Falkirk IJB.

The IJB is made up of representatives from Falkirk Council, NHS Forth Valley, staff, service user, carer and Third Sector representatives.

To find out more visit the NHS Forth Valley website.