Read the ALLIANCE's report summarising our National Care Service consultation members event, which took place in early October.
Following from the publication of Derek Feeley’s Independent Review of Adult Social Care report in February 2021, the Scottish Government set out a number of proposals to improve the way social care is delivered in Scotland. As a result, the Government launched the National Care Service consultation (this link will take you away from our website) in August 2021, which is due to end on 2nd November 2021. The document outlines the Government’s plans to bring social care services under a single, centralised system, covering a wide range of areas, including social work, children’s services, nursing, prisons, alcohol and drugs services, and mental health.
Members of the public and key stakeholders across Scotland are currently being invited to take part in the consultation, with several events taking place to capture people’s views and helping to inform consultation responses across organisations.
Our report provides an overview of the discussion that took place at a members event held by the ALLIANCE on Thursday 7th of October 2021. Following a brief presentation by a representative from Scottish Government, attendees were invited to share their views and concerns about the proposals set forth in the National Care Service consultation document. As well as offering an opportunity for the ALLIANCE to further gather views from members to inform our response to the consultation, the session also provided a forum for attendees to engage with Scottish Government.
During the event, several members shared that some of the elements of the consultation that are most pressing to address are: the potential impact that the National Care Service will have on the social care workforce and on investment in the third sector; the accessibility of the consultation document and process; and how care and support are thought of, both within the National Care Service as well as on a societal scale.
The report is available to read below.