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Caring for Older People in Scotland 3rd Annual Conference: Care Standards, Human Rights and Equality in Care

Wed 27th May 2015

, Surgeons' Hall

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“... there will be more people with multiple long-term conditions and complex needs in the future. We are shifting from more traditional institutional models of care towards care and support at home or in a community setting. There has been a great deal of other changes in the way that care is delivered and ..... there will be further changes in the future - not least from the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014.”

Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing,
June 2014 National Care Standards Review

Our population of older people is rising and presenting significant resource, quality and organisational challenges in the delivery of complex health and care needs. The focus of this conference is on how, in the context of the review of national care standards and the Scottish Government’s Public Bodies (Joint Working) Act 2014, we deliver care and health needs with dignity for our older people consistently across Scotland. 

The health and care challenge we face is twofold: meeting the needs of Scotland’s older people and delivering greater consistency and equality across Scotland. While life expectancy is rising, those living in the poorest areas of Scotland can have a life expectancy 10 years shorter than the wealthiest areas. So delivering a long term preventative approach to good health for older people - in parallel to delivering immediate care needs - is essential if we are to tackle inequality while ensuring meeting future health and care demands does not become an impossible task.

This conference brings together delegates from the health and care professions to explore these challenges, share best practice and discuss the range of factors involved in delivering appropriate care.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Equality in care
  • National Care Standards
  • Reshaping care for older people
  • Health and social care integration
  • Getting it right for older people
  • Human rights, dignity and privacy in older people care
  • Community role in care
  • Preventative health measures and promotion of healthy ageing
  • Complaints in care
  • Staffing and skills



Shona Robison MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing & Sport, Scottish Government

Professor Alan Miller

Chair, Scottish Human Rights Commission


Christine O'Neill Chairman and Partner, Brodies LLP

Sue Neilson Depute Director for Adult Services, Care Inspectorate

Ranald Mair Chief Executive, Scottish Care

Theresa Fyffe Director, Royal College of Nursing Scotland

Claire Sweeney Senior Manager, Performance Audit and Best Value Group, Audit Scotland

Emma Maclean Project Manager, Route Monkey

Irene Oldfather Director, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)

Mark Hazelwood Chief Executive, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care

Niki Maclean Director, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

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This was a very informative event which fully met my needs and I made several positive contacts.

Vince Fletcher, Scottish Prison Service,
Delegate at 5th Annual Care of Older People Conference, November 2017