CCPS and SFHA (Scottish Federation of Housing Associations) have provided a response to the Scottish Government’s review of national care standards. Key issues for third sector care and support providers include the importance of linking the national care standards with the inspection process and for care standards to be more outcome focused. There is widespread support for a human rights based approach, as well as a desire for consistency and clarity of understanding and interpretation, both on the part of service users as well as providers and inspectors; equally, a recognition that we must strike the right balance between clarity and flexibility to allow for the full development of personalisation of support (under self-directed support legislation, etc.).
In related news, CCPS has been invited to join a High-Level Advisory Group on Care Scrutiny, set up by the Care Inspectorate to advise on their review of inspection methodology. The work of this group will also connect with the review of national care standards, as well as other related policy drivers including health and social care integration and the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.