The new Health and Social Care Standards came into effect on Sunday 1st April 2018, replacing the National Care Standards.
The Standards apply across all health, social care and social work services. Not just to those involved in care delivery, but also those involved in the planning and commissioning of health, care and social work services. Care Inspectorate, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and other scrutiny bodies will be required to take the Standards into account when regulating and inspecting services.
The update is not only about scrutiny and inspection; the Standards help demonstrate the continuing commitment to delivering person-centred outcomes that meet the needs of the individual.
Previously, a range of standards were used differently by registered health and social care providers; there were also separate standards for care homes, hospitals, nurseries and other settings. The updated Standards represent changes in national and local policies, and aim to reflect the needs of people across Scotland, while being fit for purpose.
The new Standards are underpinned by 6 principles:
- dignity and respect
- be included
- responsive care and support
It is important to note that the Standards are aspirational, and do not cover every circumstance. As such, it is important to frame them in the context of each service delivery. Organisations may be delivering a service on behalf of a local authority or other public body, and they may also be may be delivering other services, including information and advice, advocacy and peer support.
To view or download the new Health and Social Care Standards, or for further information, please visit the CVS Falkirk website.