New Carers Strategy for Scotland
Earlier this year, the Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care Kevin Stewart MSP announced that the Scottish Government would develop, with carers and carers organisations, a new Carers Strategy. He also said that early actions would focus on supporting carers in the recovery from the COVID pandemic.
The National Carer Organisations have developed a range of briefings, informed by carers, which have submitted to the Scottish Government. These cover a wide range of topics and aim to assist in the development of the Carers Strategy. These can be found on Carers Scotland website – click here >>>
This page will provide up to date information on the Strategy and as the work develops, opportunities for engagement and consultation.
National Care Service Consultation
The Independent Review of Adult Social Care (IRASC), the Feeley Report, was published in February 2021. The Review concluded that whilst there were strengths in Scotland’s social care system, it needed revision and redesign to enable a step change in the outcomes for people in receipt of care. It recommended the establishment of a National Care Service (NCS), with Scottish Ministers being accountable for the delivery of consistent and high standards in health and social care services. It asserted that its recommendations for creating a NCS provide a mechanism for better representation of carers in local planning, commissioning and procurement of services.
The Scottish Government held a consultation on the NCS from 9 August to 2 November 2021 that included, but was not limited to, access to care and support, breaks from caring, using data to support care, recourse and remedies to problems, residential care charges, commissioning of services, regulation of social care, and supporting the social work and social care workforce.
You can read Shared Care Scotland’s summary of the Scottish Government’s NCS consultation analysis here:
You can read Shared Care Scotland’s submission to the NCS consultation here:
The National Carer Organisations
Shared Care Scotland is one of the six National Carer Organisations (NCOs) in Scotland. Together we have a shared vision that all Scotland’s unpaid carers will feel valued, included, and supported as equal partners in the provision of care. The NCOs aim to achieve this through the representation of carers and giving them a voice at a national level.
We believe we can deliver more for carers by working together to share our knowledge and experience, and by focusing our collective efforts on achieving improvements in areas of policy and practice that are of greatest concern to carers.
In responding to proposed policies, laws, strategies and regulations, the NCOs seek to represent the views and experiences of carers in Scotland. Additionally, Shared Care Scotland aim to represent those involved in the development and delivery of short breaks across Scotland to make recommendations about how proposals can be improved to further carers’ rights in Scotland.
There are six NCOs in Scotland:
- Carers Scotland
- Carers Trust Scotland
- Coalition of Carers in Scotland
- MECOPP (Minority Ethnic Carers of Older People Project)
- Shared Care Scotland
- The Scottish Young Carers Service Alliance
Recent consultation responses
The Coalition of Carers in Scotland submitted a response on behalf of the National Carer Organisations to the Scottish Ambulance Service Consultation on Falls. This response was submitted on 8 March 2021.
Carers Trust submitted a response on behalf of the National Carer Organisations to the Scottish Government on the National Guidance for Children Protection in Scotland. This consultation response was submitted on 11 January 2021.
Carers Trust submitted a response on behalf of the National Carer Organisations to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Incorporation Bill.
Carers Scotland submitted a joint response on behalf of the National Carer Organisations to the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee on a call for written evidence for their social care inquiry.
The response is framed around the Committee’s key questions on the future delivery of social care in Scotland:
- How should the public be involved in planning their own and their community’s social care services?
- How should Integration Joint Boards commission and procure social care to ensure it is person-centred?
- Looking ahead, what are the essential elements in an ideal model of social care (e.g. workforce, technology, housing etc.)?
- What needs to happen to ensure the equitable provision of social care across the country?
We submitted a response to the Scottish Government Consultation on the Draft Carers Strategic Policy Statement. This response was submitted on 13 December 2019.
This is the National Carer Organisations response to the Scottish Government consultation on Out of School Care. This was submitted by Carers Trust Scotland on 6 December 2019. In addition to this response, the findings from our recent Holiday Activity Provision Research will be taken into consideration for this consultation.
This is the National Carer Organisations response to the Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee inquiry into benefit take-up. This response outlines issues around take-up of carers’ benefits, the reasons behind such problems and suggestions for increasing take-up. This was submitted by Carers Scotland on 21 October 2019.
This is a response to the Scottish Government consultion on the Falls and Fracture Prevention Strategy for Scotland. It is a national carer organisations’ joint response submitted by Carers Scotland on 30 September 2019.
This is a response to the Scottish Government consultation on the Incorporation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into domestic law in Scotland. It is a national carer organisations’ joint response submitted by Carers Trust on 26 August 2019.
This is a response to the Scottish Government consultation on Improving Disability Assistance in Scotland. It is a national carer organisations’ joint response submitted on 28 May 2019.
This is a response to a discussion paper by the Labour Party in Scotland about Carer’s Allowance. It is a national carer organisations’ joint response.
This is a response to the Scottish Government consultation on Job Grant. It is a national carer organisations’ joint response.
This is a response to the Scottish Government consultation on timescales for adult carer support plans and young carer statements for carers of terminally ill persons. It is a national carer organisations’ joint response.
This is a response to the Scottish Government Changing Places Toilets: Buildings Standard Consultation. It is a national carer organisations’ joint response.