Our story: CCPS Annual Review 2020-21

We’ve just released our review of the 2020-21 year.

Our story- CCPS Annual Review 2020-21

It’s a very short read but it gives a great insight into everything our staff team, trustees and members worked on during the last financial year. Do please take a few minutes to have a look.

We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our members. As ever, they have played a very active role in everything we achieved in 2020-21 and continue to be at the heart of everything we do.

If you’d like to take a look at previous year’s reports, you can find them here.

CCPS response to National Care Service consultation

CCPS has submitted a response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on a National Care Service for Scotland.

A National Care Service for Scotland – CCPS consultation response

We have endeavoured to provide a comprehensive response to the consultation which reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of our members, the people who work for them, and the people they support.

Our response focuses particularly but not exclusively on a number of key aspects of the proposals. In formulating it, we have drawn on CCPS thinking and policy positions adopted over time, and on both our submission to the recent Independent Review of Adult Social Care and our response to it.

CCPS welcomes the consultation on the National Care Service

CCPS welcomes the consultation on the National Care Service.

Our initial statement can be found here: CCPS Initial Response to NCS Consultation

CCPS Children’s Committee welcomes Whole Family Wellbeing Fund

The CCPS children’s committee warmly welcomes the announcement of a Whole Family Wellbeing Fund in the Programme for Government today.

Families have a right to holistic, universally accessible, preventive family support. The Promise called for it and the incorporation of the UNCRC mandates it.  The challenges of Covid recovery make it more urgently needed than ever.

We look forward to working together with children, young people and families and our Scottish Government partners to shape the delivery of this ambitious vision and commitment.

Mark Macmillan, chair, CCPS Committee on care and support for children and young people

Below is a link to the Programme for Government and the specific section on the Whole Family Wellbeing Fund:


Our promise included, ‘where children are safe in their families and feel loved they must stay – and families must be given support together to nurture that love and overcome the difficulties which get in the way’. This requires a shift in investment to prevent families reaching crisis point. We are committed to investing at least £500m over the life of this Parliament to create a Whole Family Wellbeing Fund. This will enable the building of universal, holistic support services, available in communities across Scotland, giving families access to the help they need, where and when they need it. This will help reduce the need for crisis intervention and contribute to improving people’s lives across a wide range of different areas, including but not limited to, child and adolescent mental health, child poverty, alcohol and drugs misuse and educational attainment. Fundamentally, this is about significantly reducing the number of children and young people who are living away from their families by 2030.

Building Collaboration: Learning from provider-led collaborations in Scotland’s social care sector

In 2019, CCPS set out to learn more about provider collaboration by administering the Building Collaboration Fund on behalf of Scottish Government.

The Fund recognised that creating the relationships, structures, behaviours and leadership required for effective collaboration is challenging, and resource intensive. It aimed to provide some support for collaborations to work through these challenges and strengthen existing collaborative practice.

The Building Collaboration Fund provided a small amount of funding to six existing collaborations working to provide care and support across Scotland. It also created a facilitated space for peer learning, development and the sharing of good practice between each of the six funded collaboratives.

The report Building Collaboration: Learning from provider-led collaborations in Scotland’s social care sector  brings together learning from programme participants and provides insight into the collaborative behaviours, skills and attitudes required to collaborate effectively. This learning comes at a time of fundamental importance for those working in care and support in Scotland. The recently published Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland calls for – amongst other changes – a shift in narrative from competition to collaboration in the way we plan, purchase and deliver social care and support. Lets build on the learning we have, and use it to shift the balance of power towards people, choice and collaboration.

CCPS briefing for Scottish Government debate on the Independent Review of Adult Social Care 16/2/21

We have released a briefing note for today’s Scottish Government debate on the Independent Review of Adult Social Care.

Coalition of Care and Support Providers welcomes Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland

CCPS (Coalition of Care and Support Providers) welcomes the publication of the Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland and its call for a renewed purpose for social care with human rights at its heart.

We are delighted by the commitment to a new narrative which replaces crisis with prevention and wellbeing, burden with investment, competition with collaboration and variation with fairness and equity.

We strongly endorse the call to put people front and centre of social care delivery – people who are supported by social care, their families and carers, and people who work in social care services.

We agree that Scotland already has strong foundations on which to build a National Care Service. We want to work with the Scottish Government, national and local stakeholders – including those who support people and people who are supported – to redesign the system to make the ambitions set out in the Review happen. We wholeheartedly back the Review’s assertion of a duty to co-produce a new system with people who it is designed to support.

Over the coming weeks we will be working closely with our members to explore the Review’s recommendations in detail. As the membership body for third sector providers, we are especially interested in participating in the conversation about the Review’s recommendations on commissioning and procurement.

In 2020, we published our own contribution to that conversation, a series of Big Ideas about changing the way social care is planned, purchased, and paid for. We are grateful to the Review team for citing those ideas. In particular, we thank them for including as one of their recommendations, our suggestion to press pause on all current procurement in the context of a National Care Service, with a view to rapid, carefully planned implementation.

We agree with the Review team that implementation is the most significant challenge. Now is the moment for whole system change, hand in hand with the implementation of The Promise and the recommendations of the Social Renewal Advisory Board.

We would echo the Review Team’s own words – ‘If not now, when? If not this way, how? And if not us – who?

Annie Gunner Logan, Chief Executive of CCPS said:

CCPS congratulates Derek Feeley and the Review team on completing a mammoth task in record time and their willingness to listen to many voices including those of providers and the people we support.

Reform of social care in Scotland is long overdue. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed fault lines which require radical overhaul and long-term change. It has also revealed what can be achieved when obstacles are removed in a crisis.

We are heartened by the direction of travel set out in the Review. The challenge now must be to turn aspiration into implementation. Change is needed urgently but how it is achieved matters too.

The debate about a National Care Service must not become a bunfight at the expense of those who provide social care and the people they support. The upcoming election period provides an opportunity to discuss the Review’s recommendations openly and widely. But when the votes have been counted, and Scotland gets down to the series business of design and implementation, their voices must be in every room, every step of the way.”

CCPS Submission to Independent Review of Social Care

CCPS has put in a comprehensive submission to the Independent Review of Social Care.

The submission, drafted collaboratively with the CCPS membership, sets out our shared understanding of what “adult social care” means, conceptually and in practice; outlines our shared agenda for resetting the system so that third sector organisations can give greater expression to its core mission of supporting good lives; and addresses the key areas of focus identified by the review including human rights, regulation and the social care workforce.

The Chair of the Review, Derek Feeley, will be attending our next membership meeting on 10 December and we will seek to engage with him and the advisory panel on the detail of our submission prior to that.

You can view the CCPS submission hereWe welcome comments and feedback: please contact Rachel.Cackett@ccpscotland.org.

The review website can be accessed here.

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CCPS Annual Review – continuing to make an impact

The CCPS Annual Review 2019-20 is now available.

It examines how our work continued to make an impact in our sector during the last year. Please take a look and let us know what you think.

If you have any questions about the work of CCPS or would like to know more please get in touch with Caroline in the first instance.

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