Working in partnership

The ihub has been created to support those who are delivering health and social care across Scotland, including Health and Social Care Partnerships, Local Authorities, NHS Boards, third and independent care sector organisations, and housing organisations. The ihub also provides national improvement support for NHS Boards. 

In recognition of the vital role of local authorities in the work to integrate health and social care, we work in close partnership with the Improvement Service – the national improvement support organisation for local authorities. Further, in recognition of their role in supporting improvement across social care, we work closely with the Care Inspectorate.

We believe that all our work should be co-designed, co-owned and co-delivered with our delivery partners. With this in mind, we deliver interventions in a manner that works with rather than does to with the aim of building local improvement capacity, which over time will become more self-sustaining." Ruth Glassborow, Director of Improvement

International reach

The ihub also has strong international connections which enable us to ensure our work in Scotland is informed by the wider international thinking and experience, whilst playing an important role in enabling adaptation into the Scottish context.

ihub focus

The work of improvement is complex and if the ihub tries to be all things to all people it will fail. The ihub focuses on:

  • creating the context and cultures for improvement to happen
  • building the knowledge and skills to do the work of improvement
  • providing expertise in evidence, evaluation and knowledge exchange, and
  • supporting innovation

In delivering these functions, we will continue to develop strong and effective relationships with a wide range of other national organisations that bring a complementary range of knowledge and skills to the challenge of redesigning and continuously improving health and social care.