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Adult Social Care Support

Social care support is about supporting people to live independently; be active citizens; participate and contribute to our society; and maintain their dignity and human rights.

The Scottish Government is committed to supporting people to stay at home or in a homely setting with maximum independence, for as long as possible. Also, to attracting and retaining the right people to work in social care support and social work, and raising the status of social care as a profession.

Co-producing a programme to support local reform of adult social care support

Together with COSLA, Scottish Government has been working with people who use social care support, unpaid carers, the social services sector, local and national organisations and Health and Social Care partnerships to develop a national programme to support local reform of adult social care.

The national programme will look to support Integration Authorities, the wider sector, and communities in planning and taking forward changes. It will advise Scottish Ministers if national changes or interventions are required. It will also raise awareness of the role of social care support in Scotland and its social and economic value.

The reform programme is being developed from the expertise and experiences of people who use and work in social care support. It is based on evidence collected during 2018 from a wide range of people and organisations on the challenges and opportunities in social care, and what needs to change for the future. It also includes a refreshed implementation plan for self-directed support, developed through engagement with over 350 people across Scotland.

The People-led Policy Panel is one of the two leadership groups for the programme. The Panel is a group of 50 diverse people from across Scotland who have lived experience of adult social care support, including unpaid carers. More information on the People-led Policy Panel can be found below.

The other group is the Leadership Alliance. This is made up of key leaders from across the care and support sector. Full membership of the Leadership Alliance can be found below.

The programme was launched on 12 June 2019 by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman. The programme has a set of documents. They are: a shared vision for adult social care support in Scotland to help guide the programme; a programme framework which describes the reform programme priorities and workstreams; and the refreshed implementation plan for self-directed support 2019-2021.

There is also a summary of responses to a joint COSLA and Scottish Government discussion paper on the challenges and opportunities in adult social care support, and what needs to change for the future. This was one of the main pieces of evidence used to discuss and co-produce the priorities for the reform programme.

The documents are available in plain text, Easy Read and British Sign Language via the links below.

A graphic showing the key parts of the shared vision for adult social care support and the steps of the co-production process can be found below:

The next steps will be to work together to agree the details of the workstreams, how to take them forward, and how to measure the changes.

If you would like to find out more about how to get involved in the co-production process, please e-mail Kal.Roderick@gov.scot