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Scottish regulation comes under the spotlight

The Scottish Government has announced a review of Scottish regulation ahead of the roll out of the National Care Service.

The Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation (IRISR) has three key aims:  

  • explore how regulation and inspection of social care services and partners who contribute to care and wellbeing can be effectively supported to improve outcomes and experiences for the people of Scotland.
  • ensure regulation, scrutiny and inspection of social care arrangements have a basis in human rights.
  • ensure appropriate scrutiny of all aspects of the NCS.

Overseeing the review is former council chief executive Dame Sue Bruce (pictured), supported by Stuart Currie, former CoSLA Health and Social Care spokesperson.

The IRISR is not a review of regulators such as the Care Inspectorate. Instead it will consider how regulation and inspection of social care and related services improve outcomes within the National Care Service (NCS) through a human rights and person-centred approach to inspection and regulation.

The review will also be informed by the Independent Review of Adult Social Care (IRASC), which recommended a more flexible approach to inspection and regulation.  

The final scope of the NCS has not yet been defined.

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