Morning, Wednesday, 2nd March 2022
This conference will examine the way forward for implementing a National Care Service in Scotland - following its proposal by the First Minister in the Programme for Government, and its examination and support in the Independent Review of Adult Social Care.
It will be an opportunity to evaluate the recommendations set out in the independent review and next steps for taking them forward.
Delegates will consider the future shape of a National Care Service, the scope of the service and its relationship with local government and other public bodies, and priorities for regulation and ensuring quality of care.
The agenda also looks at wider issues such as the impact of COVID-19 on unpaid carers and how best to support them, with concerns that many are faced with reduced access to services and some are at risk of having to reduce their working hours. Delegates will also consider the impact of the Winter Support Package as well as further measures that may be necessary both now and into the future.
We are pleased to be able to include a keynote contribution from Lorraine Gray, Chief Executive, Scottish Social Services Council.
Overall, sessions in the agenda will bring out latest thinking on:
- priorities for regulating the care system and the social care workforce
- the future role of local authorities in the care system and better integrating health and care
- value for money in the National Care Service
- how best to support the social care workforce and ensure high quality care
- the longer-term future outlook for social care in Scotland
The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the DHSC; the HSE; the Office for Statistics Regulation; and The Scottish Government.