The Care Inspectorate has written to care providers with more information on the new National Health and Care Standards.
Published by the Scottish Government in June 2017, the National Health and Care Standards, seek to focus on the experience of people using services and supporting their outcomes. Designed over a number of years with the involvement of people from across Scotland, including consultation with a range of ALLIANCE members, the standards are now applicable to the NHS, as well as services registered with the Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland.
In her letter to providers, Karen Reid, CEO of the Care Inspectorate, outlines their expectation that all care services, social work services, local authorities, integration joint boards, community planning partnerships and community justice partners should be working towards implement the standards by April 2018, from which time care inspectors will take the standards into account. This includes taking account of the new standards when planning, commissioning and delivering services.
A range of guidance and advice produced in the coming months will reference the new standards.
Care Inspectorate: Letter from Karen Reid, New Health and Social Care Standards