6 Promoting integration of care and support with health services etc.
This clause places a duty on local authorities to carry out their care and support functions with the aim of integrating services with those provided by the NHS or other health-related services (for example, housing). This clause is intended to reflect the duty to be placed on clinical commissioning groups by section 14Z1 of the NHS Act 2006 (as amended by section 26 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012).
(1) A local authority must exercise its functions under this Part with a view to ensuring the integration of care and support provision with health provision and health-related provision where it considers that this would—
(a) promote the well-being of adults in its area with needs for care and support and the well-being of carers in its area,
(b) contribute to the prevention or delay of the development by adults in its area of needs for care and support or the development by carers in its area of needs for support, or
(c) improve the quality of care and support for adults, and of support for carers, provided in its area (including the outcomes that are achieved from such provision).
(2) “Care and support provision” means—
(a) provision to meet adults’ needs for care and support, and
(b) provision to meet carers’ needs for support.
(3) “Health provision” means provision of health services as part of the health service.
(4) “Health-related provision” means provision of services which may have an effect on the health of individuals but which are not—
(a) health services provided as part of the health service, or
(b) services provided in the exercise of social services functions (as defined by section 1A of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970).