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Prevention and proaction must underpin Scottish care reform, MSPs say

Three themes underpin a new report into The future of social care and support in Scotland: prevention and proaction; focus on the needs of those delivering and receiving care; and greater recognition for social care and its staff.

The report issued by Scotland’s Health and Sport Committee report describes the current model of social care as unsustainable, citing issues such as a continued lack of progress on health and social care integration, ‘counter-intuitive’ models of commissioning and procurement with the current ones described as ‘counter-intuitive’, and based on a model of crisis driven, reactive care.

“More must be done to shift the focus to a preventative model, involving local communities in planning, says committee convener Lewis Macdonald.

Among the recommendations made by the committee are

  • increase public understanding of the role of social care and support
  • improve the status of carers
  • focus on well-being outcomes for both individuals and communities.  

The report completes the committee’s inquiry into social care in Scotland and complements the findings of the Scottish Government’s independent review of adult social care, published in February 2021.

A roundtable with stakeholders will take place before the end of February to review both reports and the impact of the pandemic.

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