Scotland Policy Conferences

Older people’s wellbeing in Scotland - policy progress, housing and care services, and positioning within the wider community

Morning, Wednesday, 15th January 2020

Central Edinburgh

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference will examine next steps for improving the wellbeing of older people in Scotland.


It will be an opportunity to assess the implementation of the A Fairer Scotland for Older People: framework for action as The Scottish Government prepares its first annual report on progress made since publication of the framework this year.


Discussion will focus on priorities for meeting the needs of older people, including:


  • Provision and access to health and social care;
  • Making housing and transport provision more older-people-friendly in terms of accessibility and place; and
  • Securing the equal positioning of older people in the wider community.

The seminar also follows the publication of A Connected Scotland, The Scottish Government’s first national strategy for tackling social isolation released in December 2018.


Delegates will look at how to encourage greater intergenerational integration and promoting the role of older people in the community through tackling loneliness and supporting them in the workplace.


Speakers and chairs


There will be keynote contributions from:


  • Christina McKelvie MSP, Minister for Older People and Equalities, The Scottish Government - on the next steps for implementing the framework and tackling stigma;
  • Dr Vikki McCall, Senior Lecturer, Housing Studies, University of Stirling - on building new homes, adaptations and support services;
  • Professor Judith Sixsmith, Professor, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Dundee - on the challenges Scotland faces with an ageing society;
  • Peter Macleod, Chief Executive, Care Inspectorate - on tackling disparity in quality of care in different areas of Scotland; and
  • Philip Gillespie, Director, Development and Innovation, Scottish Social Services Council - on recruitment, retention and supporting the social care workforce.

Further confirmed speakers include: Anne Callaghan, The Campaign to End Loneliness; Diana Findley, Scottish Older People’s Assembly; Karen Hedge, Scottish Care; Dr Sarah Jackson, University College London; Lilian Macer, Fair Work Convention Inquiry into Social Care in Scotland; Mary McIntosh, Barclays and Bernadette Monaghan, Glasgow City Council. Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, Member, Health and Sport Committee and Christine Grahame MSP, Deputy Presiding Officer, The Scottish Parliament have kindly agreed to chair.


The agenda


  • A Fairer Scotland for Older People - next steps for implementing the framework;
  • The challenges for Scotland of an ageing society and what they mean for care, housing and age-friendly communities;
  • Tackling disparity in quality of care across Scotland;
  • Addressing the challenges facing the social care workforce in Scotland;
  • Improving access to health and social care services for older people;
  • Housing and older people - adaptations, building new homes and support services; and
  • Promoting older people community involvement - tackling loneliness, transport priorities, and supporting older workers and volunteers.


Keynote Speakers

Christina McKelvie MSP

Minister for Older People and Equalities

Phillip Gillespie

Director, Development and Innovation, Scottish Social Services Council

Keynote Speakers

Phillip Gillespie

Director, Development and Innovation, Scottish Social Services Council

Christina McKelvie MSP

Minister for Older People and Equalities

Peter Macleod

Chief Executive, Care Inspectorate

Professor Judith Sixsmith

Professor, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Dundee

Chairs

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP

Member, Health and Sport Committee

Christine Grahame MSP

Deputy Presiding Officer, The Scottish Parliament

Speakers

Anne Callaghan

Campaign Manager for Scotland, The Campaign to End Loneliness

Karen Hedge

National Director, Scottish Care

Mary McIntosh

MD and Head of BX Compliance Operational Services, Scotland, Barclays

Lilian Macer

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

Bernadette Monaghan

Director, Community Empowerment and Equalities, Glasgow City Council

Dr Vikki McCall

Senior Lecturer, Housing studies, University of Stirling

Dr Sarah Jackson

Senior Research Fellow, Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health, University College London

Diana Findley

Chairperson, Scottish Older People’s Assembly