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This conference will examine the way forward for shaping and 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 scope of the service, its relationship with local government and other public bodies, and priorities for regulation and ensuring quality of care.
The seminar will also look at wider issues such as the impact of COVID-19 on unpaid carers and how best to support them - as well as the impact of the Winter Support Package and further measures that may be necessary both now and into the future.
Sessions in the agenda will also bring out latest thinking on:
- regulation - priorities for regulating the care system and the social care workforce
- local authorities - their future role in the care system and better integrating health and care
- value for money in the National Care Service
- the relationship between health and social care - key priorities for increasing public understanding of how health and social care interlink, and priorities for integration
- the social care workforce - how best to support those working in the system and delivery of high quality care
- the longer-term outlook - social care in Scotland going forward
We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care; Lorraine Gray, Chief Executive, Scottish Social Services Council; Edith Macintosh, Interim Chief Executive, Care Inspectorate; and Lisa Summers, Health and Social Care Correspondent, BBC Scotland.
The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from The Scottish Government as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the Scottish Parliament - along with representatives from the DHSC; the HSE; and the Office for Statistics Regulation.