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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-04123: Maurice Corry (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 28 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration is being given to the mental health and related needs of veterans by local health and social care partnerships.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 9 November 2016

The Public Bodies (Joint Working)(Scotland) Act 2014 placed a duty on Integration Authorities to develop a 'strategic plan' for integrated functions and budgets under their control.

In 2015, the year before integration went live, the Scottish Government published statutory guidance on strategic commissioning setting out that each Partnership's strategic commissioning plan should be based upon a Strategic Needs Assessment of local people's needs, including, as appropriate, the needs of veterans. Strategic commissioning plans have been published by every Partnership, and we are providing support for their on-going development. Some partnerships are undertaking more detailed needs analysis of specific care groups.

The strategic commissioning plan sets out how partnerships will plan and deliver services for their area over the medium term, using the integrated budgets under their control. Stakeholders must be fully engaged in the preparation, publication and review of the strategic commissioning plan, in order to establish a meaningful co-productive approach, to enable Integration Authorities to deliver the national outcomes for health and wellbeing, and achieve the core aims of integration.