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Caring for the Rising Population of Older People in Scotland: Care, Protection and Partnerships

Wed 24th Apr 2013

, COSLA Conference Centre

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Are we able to protect and care for the rising number of older people in Scotland?  Getting their care right is a sensitive, emotional and challenging area requiring effective partnership working within the legal requirements for protecting those that need it.  The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 was brought in to protect the vulnerable with regard to responsibility for decisions in their lives.  The number of people living with dementia is rising and it is one of the specialised areas of care that must be further explored.

The escalating needs of elderly care are being considered by the Scottish Government.  In September, the First Minister revealed the Adult Health and Social Care Integration Bill as part of its Programme for Government for 2012-2013.  This radical reform is aimed at providing better quality care, particularly for Scotland’s growing ageing population with its complex and diverse range of needs.

This conference will focus on protection and care needed for the elderly in Scotland with contributions from the Public Guardian and senior care and legal practitioners.  The conference aims to provide participants with an outline of care and guardianship issues and an understanding of the legal issues around the Adults with Incapacity Act, as well as bringing together key groups to discuss the future of care.


Sandra McDonald

The Public Guardian in Scotland

Annette Bruton

Chief Executive, Care Inspectorate

David Tares

Involving People Group Member and Lay Assessor, Care Inspectorate


Professor Alan Miller Chair, Scottish Human Rights Commission

Ranald Mair Chief Executive, Scottish Care

Anna Fowlie Chief Executive, Scottish Social Services Council

Gillian Brown Partner, Morisons LLP

Henry Simmons Chief Executive, Alzheimer Scotland

David Welsh Scottish Director, iMPOWER

Duncan McNeil MSP Convener, Health and Sport Committee, Scottish Parliament

Brian Sloan Chief Executive, Age Scotland

Ellen Hudson Associate Director, RCN Scotland

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