Health and Social Care

Go for gold! Introducing our healthcare framework

February 17, 2022 by No Comments | Category health & social care

Healthcare Framework Introduction

Our top priority for health and care services in Scotland today is to provide consistent, high-quality, safe and effective personalised care for people. Work is now progressing at pace to develop a healthcare framework for adults and older people living in care homes.

The aim of the framework is to provide a bold and ambitious document that will set a blueprint to transform the healthcare for people living in care homes. We are working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders to develop a framework and associated implementation plan by Spring 2022.

This implementation plan will focus on the following key areas:

  • prevention
  • anticipatory care, supported self-management and early intervention
  • urgent and emergency care
  • holistic palliative and end of life care

As the sector renews from the pandemic, the framework will build on the innovative and good practice that has been apparent over the last twenty months to meet the needs of, and improve outcomes for, people living in care homes.

We asked for examples of that good practice, which supports good healthcare for people living in care homes. We received a large number of returns (68 in total!) that came from up and down the country.

As we work towards our implementation plan, we would love to share a number of these great examples with you (as verified by the Care Inspectorate). The first example that I would like to share with you is Perth and Kinross’ Go4Gold games challenge event.

Perth & Kinross’ Go4Gold Games Challenge Event

Perth and Kinross' Gold4Gold event

The annual Perth and Kinross Go4Gold Care Home Games Challenge event started in 2012. It was created as an inter-care home event to support care home residents to increase their levels of physical activity in a fun and meaningful way. Sadly, due to Covid the 2021 event had to be delivered differently. After some creative thinking, a virtual care home Go4Gold event was created.

“Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership continually strive to support our care home residents to increase their levels of physical activity, to sit less and move more often. This has significant health improvement benefits, including mental and physical health and well-being, improved function and independence” (Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership).

This event is the highlight of the care home calendar year. Those who attended Bells Sports Centre reported significant benefits and enjoyed the electric atmosphere, and the chance to meet residents and friends from other care homes. Their survey reflected positivity towards the ability for all residents to get involved, and cited the “great atmosphere created by [the] excitement of events”.

For more information on the Healthcare Framework, please contact

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