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Preparing to transition towards a National Care Service for Scotland SPPN 7/2021

December 6, 2021 by No Comments | Category Scottish Procurement, Scottish Procurement Policy Note

We have published a new Scottish Procurement Policy Note SPPN 7/2021 , to advise public bodies involved in the commissioning and procurement of social care services, of the action they can take now to prepare for the transition toward a National Care Service for Scotland (NCS).

The Scottish Government have committed to implementing the recommendations of the Independent Review of Adult Social Care (IRASC). We are working to introduce new legislation in the Scottish Parliament in summer 2022 and intend to establish a NCS by the end of the Parliamentary term.

These proposed reforms have the potential to be the biggest public sector reform in Scotland for decades. They will affect the way we plan, commission, procure and deliver social care support and services. Steps can be taken now as we start the transition to new ways of working.

A public consultation, which ran from 9 August to 2 November 2021 included proposals to change responsibilities for the commissioning and procurement of social care services.

Further engagement will take place to help understand barriers and opportunities to support the transition to a NCS and any tools / guidance that may be helpful going forward.

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