Scotland Policy Conferences

Next Steps for Adult Social Care in Scotland - quality, support, and developing effective models of care

Morning, Wednesday, 6th May 2020

Central Edinburgh


This conference will examine the next steps in the delivery of adult social care in Scotland and its proposed reform.

The conference will be an opportunity to discuss a detailed social care support reform framework being prepared by The Scottish Government, following its expected publication.

Delegates will discuss the practicalities in implementing the framework - and issues more widely for the provision of effective social care.

Areas for discussion include:

  • Delivery of high quality social care including the next steps in improving and ensuring consistent standards in social care across Scotland;
  • The purpose and value of adult social care, including adequately supporting carers and workers and looking at possible changes in commissioning of and investment in services; and
  • Developing and innovating effective models to allow for more flexible care and support.


There will be keynote contributions from: Jeane Freeman MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport; Dee Fraser, Deputy Director, Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland and Dr Margaret Whoriskey, Head, Technology Enabled Care, The Scottish Government.

Further confirmed speakers include: Karen Hedge, Scottish Care; Joanna Macdonald, Social Work Scotland; Lilian Macer, Fair Work Convention Inquiry into Social Care in Scotland; Jess Wade, Self-Directed Support Scotland and senior speakers confirmed from The Care Inspectorate and The People-Led Policy Panel.

The chairs are: Emma Harper MSP, Deputy Convenor, Health and Sport Committee and Lewis Macdonald MSP, Convener, Health and Sport Committee.

The agenda

  • Government priorities for social care reform;
  • Delivering high quality social care services - improving standards, ensuring consistency, and implementation priorities for local authorities;
  • The social care inquiry’s findings so far and future priorities;
  • Creating conditions for delivering high quality social care;
  • Building support for care services - ensuring carers and workers are valued, implementing self-directed support, and raising the profile of social care;
  • The role of technology in care; and
  • Developing effective models of care - integration, flexibility and innovation.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Seminars organised by Scotland Policy Conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with a range of interested officials who have reserved places representing The Scottish Government and the Department of Health and Social Care.

Keynote Speakers

Jeane Freeman MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport

Dr Margaret Whoriskey

Head of Technology Enable Care, The Scottish Government

Dee Fraser

Deputy Director


Emma Harper MSP

Deputy Convenor, Health and Sport Committee

Lewis Macdonald MSP

Convener, Health and Sport Committee


Joanna Macdonald

Chair, Adult Social Care Committee, Social Work Scotland

Jess Wade

Manager, Self Directed Support Scotland

Lilian Macer

Co-Chair, Fair Work Convention Inquiry into Social Care in Scotland

Karen Hedge

National Director, Scottish Care

Senior speaker confirmed from The People-Led Policy Panel

Senior speaker confirmed from the Care Inspectorate