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A Scottish National Care Service: understanding how care will change (online)

Tue 17th May 2022

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Scotland’s care system is in desperate need of overhaul - capacity, funding, staffing and quality of care are all stretched beyond limits. The Scottish Government wants to address these challenges by creating a Scottish National Care Service. The proposals now cover adult, child, justice, substance misuse and some mental health services. And this new service would be accountable to Ministers. Is this the right approach, what exactly is being proposed, what would it mean for the delivery and quality of care services and what are the implications for your organisation?

This conference considers evidence from the care sector on where the provision of care in Scotland stands and where it needs to be. A joined-up, sustainable, stable and successful care sector in Scotland is critical to a nation with an ageing population. Our people are living longer and increasingly with complex long term care and medical needs. In creating a Scottish National Care Service what are the problems we are trying to resolve? What are the core drivers of care demand? Which parts of care do we need to address? Is there a common agenda on the challenge and do we agree on the outcomes we are aiming for?

The Scottish Government is expected to bring forward legislation for a new service in the Summer of 2022.  The First Minister has described this initiative as ‘the most significant public service reform since the creation of the National Health Service’. The new service is not proposed to own or operate care services in Scotland. Instead it would oversee the delivery of care, improvement of standards, support of unpaid carers and the training, pay and conditions of staff.

What does this mean for the future provision of care in Scotland? What are the consequences for existing providers and staff? How will all organisations in the care system and the supply chain that supports it be affected? Most importantly of all how would this help those receiving care and care-givers, both professional and unpaid?

This conference examines the core challenges facing care provision in Scotland and discusses how what is currently proposed will impact on the delivery of care. It will focus on three broad themes:

  • The context - care before, during and after COVID
  • What do we need and what is being proposed?
  • What would a Scottish National Care Service mean?

Benefits of attending

  • Get an understanding the context - care before, during and after COVID
  • Hear reflections on the Independent Review of Adult Social Care
  • Discuss the existing care system - the challenges we face
  • Explore what carers and those who are cared for want and need
  • Understand what is being proposed for care and health
  • Examine existing knowledge and experience to get the right outcomes
  • Look at the implications for regulation, commissioning, human rights and independent living
  • Discuss what a Scottish National Care Service will mean

Who should attend

This conference will be relevant for anyone involved in the planning, organisation or delivery of care services in Scotland. This includes policy makers, care providers, care staff, care giver and care receiver representative groups, regulators, those managing or working in the fields of adult, child, justice, substance misuse and mental health services and health, care and Third Sector bodies responsible for the provision or commissioning of care services.


Jackie Baillie MSP

Deputy Leader of Scottish Labour and Health, Social Care and COVID Recovery Spokesperson, Scottish Parliament

Karen Hedge

National Director, Scottish Care

Professor Anne Hendry

Senior Associate, IFIC, Director, IFIC Scotland and Deputy Honorary Secretary, British Geriatrics Society

Fiona McLeod

Senior Associate, Brodies LLP

Irene Oldfather

Director Strategic Partnerships and Engagement, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)

Maureen O'Neill OBE

Director, Faith in Older People

Laura Wilson MRPharmS

Practice & Policy Lead - Scotland, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

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This was an excellent, thought provoking day. All the speakers added something positive to the day. It was motivating and inspiring.

Raising Young Scots Conference, November 2017