UNISON stewards from Social Work and Housing have been in discussion
with NHS stewards and management about Joint Future. Below are
key documents from the discussions so far:-
Joint Future involves Health staff and Social Work staff -
nurses, health visitors, social workers, care managers, occupational
therapists, and other allied health professionals - working
together more closely than ever before.
The involvement of Housing and Voluntary Sector staff will
also be a key element of this joint endeavour.
Joint Future is the 'future' because it is not optional, being
a directive from the Scottish Executive which has to be 'up
and running', initially for services for older people, by April
Joint Future is about developing an integrated health and social
care service, built around teams of health and social work staff,
led on a day-to-day basis by a single team co-ordinator, working
in local areas of the City, and sharing the same premises, equipment
A key element will be a Single Shared Assessment form, which
will be used by staff from all agencies, and which will mean
that people in need of care in the community will be asked to
give basic information about themselves once only, instead of
repeatedly to a variety of workers.
Joint Future brings many challenges for intergarted services
but also major issues for staff conditions and professional
Joint Future Links and Resources