Health and Social Care

  • An update on how we are designing the Charter of Rights and Responsibilities

    25th May 2023 by

    We need a community health, social care and social work system that delivers for everyone in Scotland. We are working alongside the people who use and deliver services, and the organisations that represent them to achieve this – we call this process co-design. We want to update you on how we are co-designing the Charter...

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  • Voices of community health and social care: Gareth’s story

    28th April 2023 by

    Over the course of the past year, we have been up and down the country filming for our Voices campaign. We have heard from people who use and work in community health and social care, listening to their experiences and how this has shaped their hopes for the National Care Service. Gareth is in his...

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  • My first update as Women’s Health Champion

    25th April 2023 by

    As most of you will be aware, I took up my post as Women’s Health Champion at the end of January. I know that many of you were looking forward to someone taking up the post and so I thought you might like to know what I have been doing since I started, and how...

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  • How the National Care Service can best meet the needs of LGBTI+ people

    13th April 2023 by

    LGBT Health and Wellbeing is an organisation which promotes the health, wellbeing and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTI+) adults in Scotland. Rebecca Hoffman, Policy and Research Officer writes about how the National Care Service can best meet the needs of LGBTI+ people. It is vital that the Scottish Government’s new National Care Service...

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  • Putting People with Lived Experience at the Heart of Building Scotland’s National Care Service

    16th March 2023 by

    We have said from the beginning that the National Care Service (NCS) will be designed by people with personal lived experience of accessing or delivering community health and social care support. People with ‘lived experience’ are experts in what works, and what doesn’t. Their experiences and ideas are essential to ensuring we make the right...

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  • Why is data so important for the National Care Service?

    31st January 2023 by

    Consistently collecting data will be essential to the success of the National Care Service. The National Care Service (Scotland) Bill includes a provision to allow Scottish Ministers to set information standards and ensure that the NCS and NHS bodies and their contractors comply with these.  At the moment social care data is currently collected in many ways across Scotland.​...

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  • 2023 and the National Care Service

    21st December 2022 by

    2022 was an important year in progressing the National Care Service (NCS). It was the year where we were able to begin to developing the vision of the Scottish Government – borne out of the Independent Review of Adult Social Care – to build a service that supports people to thrive. A significant step was...

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  • What we learned from the National Care Service Forum 2022

    14th December 2022 by

    On the 3 October this year we held our first ever National Care Service Forum. It brought together the people across community health and social care in Scotland. These voices are incredibly important to ensure in shaping the National Care Service.   The Forum Report   We have committed The Forum being annual event throughout the development...

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  • Equipment and Adaptations Guidance Published

    12th December 2022 by

    Our consultation on revised guidance on the Provision of Community Equipment and Adaptations closed on 6 June 2022, with a total of 67 responses received, and you can read the published responses, and Summary Report on the Consultation Hub web page. Overall, the responses to the Consultation Survey have been very positive. Respondents were asked...

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  • Fiona’s story

    6th December 2022 by

    Fiona is a full-time carer for her son, Joff, who lives with Lowe Syndrome. Fiona took part in our Voices Video campaign. She shares her experience of being a full-time carer and what her hopes are for the National Care Service.  I was very happy to take part in the Voices video with my son....

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