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Scottish care leaders detail initial views on new National Care Service

The Coalition of Care and Support Providers (CCPS) has published an initial response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the creation of the new National Care Service.

Describing the consultation as a “significant and long overdue milestone on the road to reform of adult social care”, the CCPS highlights four areas among its responses.

Commissioning and procurement: CCPS questions whether the proposed National Commissioning and Procurement Structure of Standards and Processes for ethical commissioning provides the basis for meeting four key tests: Will it shift power? Will it increase choice and control? Will it improve accountability and transparency? Will it improve social care sustainability?

Fair work: The proposed new Fair Work Accreditation Scheme must new fully address the cost implications of improving staff pay, terms and conditions.  

Local accountability: CCPS describes “significant merits” in the recommended redirection of responsibilities and resources between integrated joint boards and local authorities, provided there is local variation, flexibility, and accountability.   

Regulation In addition to the proposed independent scrutiny, inspection, and regulation of care services, processes must be focused on outcomes for those receiving support.

Launching the consultation, Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care Kevin Stewart said: “Social care should no longer be seen as a service of crisis intervention but one which is there to help and support people at the earliest stage, preventing deterioration and crisis. Social care is an investment in our communities and our economy, so that everyone can take their part in society. “  

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