Scotland Policy Conferences

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
The conferences will be chaired and there will be opportunities for delegate questions and comments.
We will be contacting all participants in advance of each conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.
There will be some exceptions where conferences will be postponed, for instance those that would largely involve key stakeholders in the NHS or emergency services.
All participants affected by this will be informed as soon as possible.
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Next Steps for Adult Social Care in Scotland - quality, support, and developing effective models of care

Morning, Wednesday, 7th October 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 is expected to follow the publication of a detailed social care support reform framework being prepared by The Scottish Government, and delegates will have a timely opportunity to discuss this framework, the practicalities in implementation, 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.

Speakers and chairs

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: Phillip Gillespie, Scottish Social Services Council; Karen Hedge, Scottish Care; Diana Hekerem, Healthcare Improvement Scotland; Joanna Macdonald, Social Work Scotland; Lilian Macer, Fair Work Convention Inquiry into Social Care in Scotland; Leo Starrs-Cunningham, The People-Led Policy Panel with Deirdre Henderson, Inclusion Scotland; Jess Wade, Self-Directed Support Scotland; Lynn Williams; and Marie Paterson, Care Inspectorate.

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 environments 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

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, Social Security Scotland 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, Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland


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

Leo Starrs-Cunningham

Member, The People-Led Policy Panel

Diana Hekerem

Head of Transformational Redesign Support, ihub, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Marie Paterson

Chief Inspector Adult Services, Care Inspectorate

Phillip Gillespie

Director, Development and Innovation, Scottish Social Services Council

Deirdre Henderson

People-led Policy Officer, Inclusion Scotland

Lynn Williams

Unpaid Carer