The deadline for responses to Scottish Government’s online consultation on creating a National Care Service (NCS) has been extended until Tuesday 2nd November.
The NCS is a recommendation of the Independent Review of Adult Social Care, which was commissioned by Scottish Government and published in February 2021. (The review is commonly referred to as “Feeley” or the “Feeley review”, after the Chair of the Review Derek Feeley, a former Scottish Government Director General for Health and Social Care, and Chief Executive of NHS Scotland.)
In addition to the national consultation, Scottish Government is hosting several online consultation events through the autumn – the next takes place on Wednesday 22nd September, (Teams booking page linked for your convenience), with further dates linked below. (Passed events are listed in our previous web article.)
National Care Service
As a result of the Review’s recommendation, Scottish Government has proposed that the National Care Service (NCS) will define the strategic direction and quality standards for community health and social care in Scotland. It will have local delivery boards which work with the NHS, local authorities, and the third and independent sectors to plan, commission and deliver the support and services that the people of Scotland require.
The consultation focuses on exploring the proposals for significant cultural and system change that will need to be supported by primary legislation. The Review made clear that changes to systems are needed to deliver improvements in the quality of social care and support.
The priority in considering these proposals must be improving outcomes for the people who access care and support.
Scottish Government is looking to hear from as many people as possible, including people who access care and support, carers, members of the workforce and those who may access care and support in the future – “which includes everyone”. They are keen for everyone who may be affected by these changes to have an opportunity to comment on them.
To submit your response, or for further information, please visit the Scottish Government consultation hub; alternatively, to submit your response, visit the NCS questionnaire page directly (linked for your convenience).
All consultation events take place via Teams on the following dates:
- NCS Consultation Engagement Event – “Regulation”: Wednesday 22nd September, 2pm – 4pm (BOOKING LINK)
- NCS Consultation Engagement Event – “Fair work and valuing the workforce”: Thursday 23rd September, 6pm – 8pm (BOOKING LINK)
- NCS Consultation Engagement Event – “Fair work and valuing the workforce”: Tuesday 28th September, 10am – 12pm (BOOKING LINK)
- NCS Consultation Engagement Event – “All aspects of the Consultation”: Monday 4th October, 2pm – 4pm (BOOKING LINK)