Scottish Government publish adult social care winter plan for 2021-22

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 22nd October 2021

The "Adult social care - winter preparedness plan: 2021-22" describes how the Scottish Government intend to meet this winter's challenges.

The Scottish Government have published their 2021-22 winter preparedness plan for adult social care (this link will take you away from our website), which aims to provide information and assurance to people involved in adult social care. The plan lays out the measures the government will be putting in place to meet what is expected to be a particularly challenging winter in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The plan centres around four key principles:

  • Supporting the needs and wellbeing of the social care workforce and unpaid carers
  • Maintaining high quality integrated health and social care services throughout the autumn/winter period
  • Protecting those who use social care support from the direct impact of COVID-19 and wider winter viruses
  • Working in partnership across health and social care to deliver the plan

Amongst the specific measures the plan lays out are additional funding to support unpaid carers to take breaks; support for people in hospital to move into care homes and other community care settings; the COVID-19 booster and flu vaccination programmes; and strengthening multi-disciplinary teams to reduce hospital admissions.

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