Scotland Policy Conferences

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Next steps for adult social care in Scotland - service improvement, policy, funding, the workforce, stakeholder collaboration, and community-based support

Morning, Thursday, 26th August 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine next steps for policy and look at measures that can be taken to drive improvement in service provision, foster greater cohesion within the system, and support the care workforce.

The discussion follows the publication of the Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland earlier this year.

We are pleased to be able to include a keynote session on the Review’s recommendations and improving adult social care with Peter Macleod, Chief Executive, Care Inspectorate, alongside Lorraine Gray, Chief Executive, Scottish Social Services Council. The chairs are Christine Jardine MP; and Dr Philippa Whitford MP, Shadow SNP Spokesperson for Health and Social Care.

In addition to discussion on the Review, the agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • what can be learned from the experience of adult social care during the pandemic
  • supporting the workforce and meeting fair work principles
  • the role of sector-wide collaboration in delivering system reform
  • enabling community-based support systems


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from The Scottish Government; the Office of the Chief Social Work Adviser; the Health and Safety Executive; the Office for Statistics Regulation; Defra; and the UK Statistics Authority. Also due to attend are representatives from Audit Scotland; Autism Network Scotland; Birchwood Highland; Carr Gomm; Community Integrated Care; East Ayrshire Council; Edinburgh Integration Joint Board; Epilepsy Scotland; Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership; Frontline Fife; Horizon Housing Association; Independent Living Fund Scotland; Key Housing; Leonard Cheshire; Life Changes Trust; LinkLiving; LIT Healthcare; Mobility and Access Committee; NHS Dumfries and Galloway; NHS Scotland National Services Scotland; North Ayrshire Council; People-led Policy Panel; Perth and Kinross Council; Playlist for Life; Public Health Scotland; Real Life Options; Scottish Older People's Assembly; Scottish Social Services Council; Social Work Scotland; Tunstall Healthcare; University of Glasgow and University of the West of Scotland.

Press passes have been reserved by representatives from the and LaingBuisson.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from care home operators, carer associations, hospices and palliative care providers, disabled advocacy groups, nursing colleges and training providers, community support groups, mental health specialists, housing associations, charities and social enterprises, local government officers and Councillors, researchers in academia and higher education, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Peter Macleod

Chief Executive, Care Inspectorate

Keynote Speaker

Peter Macleod

Chief Executive, Care Inspectorate


Christine Jardine MP

Dr Philippa Whitford MP

Shadow SNP Spokesperson for Health and Social Care


Annie Gunner Logan

Director, Coalition of Care and Support Providers

Elaine Torrance

Scottish Development Lead, National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi)

Kirsten Maclean

People-led Policy Officer, Inclusion Scotland

Lucinda Godfrey

CEO, Dundee Carers Centre

Professor Kirstein Rummery

Professor of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Stirling

Diana Hekerem

Head of Transformational Redesign Support - ihub, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Lorraine Gray

Chief Executive, Scottish Social Services Council

Fiona Clarke

Disability Advocate, People-led Policy Panel

Dr Stephen Gibb

Senior Lecturer in Business, University of the West of Scotland

Dr Donald Macaskill

Chief Executive, Scottish Care

Rhea Wolfson

Women’s Campaign Unit, GMB

Alison Culpan

ABPI Scotland Director, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

Karen Sheridan

Chief Operating Officer, Community Integrated Care

John Rafferty

Assistant Principal for Health and Wellbeing, Glasgow Clyde College

Henry Simmons

Chief Executive, Alzheimer Scotland

Theresa Shearer

CEO, ENABLE Scotland

Julie Welsh

Chief Executive Officer, Scotland Excel