Regulation of Care

Background Information

In April 2011 the Care Inspectorate became the independent scrutiny body and regulator for care services in Scotland. It assumed the functions previously carried out by the Care Commission, the Social Work Inspection Agency (SWIA) and the child protection functions of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education. The Care Inspectorate was established by the Public Service Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 (in which it is named as Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland, or SCSWIS).

The social services workforce continues to be regulated by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), established by the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001.  CCPS currently hosts a workforce development project, funded by a Scottish Government grant, with the aim of assisting ‘social services providers in the voluntary sector to fully contribute to the national workforce development agenda…’.  It is focused on a range of issues, including the impact of the integration of health and social care and self-directed support legislation on the voluntary sector workforce, leadership within the sector, and regulation of the workforce by the SSSC.  For more information on this project, please see the Workforce Development Network hot topic page of the CCPS website.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland is the scrutiny and improvement body for NHS Scotland, and the regulator for independent healthcare providers.  It has begun a series of joint inspections of adult services with the Care Inspectorate, looking more strategically at how well health and social care systems work together to improve outcomes for adults.

The National Care Standards are a set of service delivery standards that care providers in Scotland are expected to attain. They are published by the Scottish Government, as required by the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001. The standards were developed after considerable consultation with service providers, service users, various expert bodies and individuals, and the public. The National Care Standards are used by service providers to maintain and improve the quality of services provided.  The Care Inspectorate is required by law to have regard to them when inspecting care services.

A Scottish Government consultation was launched on 25 June 2014 to consider the general principles that will underpin the new set of National Care Standards.

 

 

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