The Scottish Government plan includes continued prioritisation of the Home First approach to care, and increased funding for care providers.
This plan is intended to complement the NHS winter preparedness plan which was published last week. (‘NHS Winter Preparedness Plan launched’) It includes both measures already in place that need to be supported, as well as further new measures to support people receiving care this winter.
The plan is based on four principles:
- Learning from evidence to protect people who use social care support from the direct impact of COVID-19, and wider winter viruses.
- Ensuring that people have good physical and mental health and wellbeing, through provision of high quality integrated health and care services.
- Supporting the social care workforce to deliver safe support and care and to have positive mental health and wellbeing.
- Working in collaboration to plan and deliver high quality care.
Additional measures include further funding for staff training, regular reviews of COVID symptoms for staff providing and people receiving residential care, and investment in digital connectivity. For more information, please check the Scottish Government website. ‘Adult social care – winter preparedness plan: 2020 to 2021’ (this link will take you away from our website).