Scotland Policy Conferences

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Older people’s wellbeing in Scotland - assessing progress on policy implementation, access to housing and care services, and tackling isolation

February 2020

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

Areas for discussion include:

  • 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.

It will be an opportunity to assess the issues in the context of 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.

We expect discussion also to draw on The Scottish Government’s national strategy for tackling social isolation, A Connected Scotland.

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; Judith Currie, Barclays; Diana Findley, Scottish Older People’s Assembly; Karen Hedge, Scottish Care; Lilian Macer, Fair Work Convention Inquiry into Social Care in Scotland; Alison MacDonald, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership; Bernadette Monaghan, Glasgow City Council and Hilary Stubbs, Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS).

The chairs are Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, Member, Health and Sport Committee and Christine Grahame MSP, Deputy Presiding Officer, The Scottish Parliament.

The agenda

  • A Fairer Scotland for Older People - next steps for implementing the framework;
  • The challenges for Scotland of an ageing society and what that means 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.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Scotland Policy Conferences seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates