National Care Standards Consultation

Have you have experience of using care services? Either yourself or a family member? Would you be willing to share your opinions to help develop Care Standards for the future?

Social care is an integral part of many people’s lives. The National Care Standards were created in 2002 by the Scottish Government to give those accessing care a definitive list of what they should expect. The twenty three original care standards were developed with the underlying principles of dignity, privacy, choice and safety in mind. However, whilst the principles remain intact, the changes to the way that care services are planned, delivered and scrutinised means it is necessary for the Government to review the standards.

The Scottish Government is keen to hear from the people who use care services, either directly or via a family member. This summer is your chance to have a say in the new Care Standards that are being developed, to ensure they are robust enough to maintain the highest possible standards of care for all in Scotland.

Age Scotland and the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland are working with the Government to host a series of ‘Have your Say’ events across the country. The consultations will focus on;

• Whether there should be overarching human right based standards that apply to all health and social care settings
• Whether there should be a reduction in the number of sets of standards we have, with core standards developed that apply to all service types
• How the standards should be written and who should write them
• How the National Care Standards should be used.

Events will take place in;

• Edinburgh (Norton Park Conference Centre) Thursday 31 July, 11am – 3pm
• Dundee (Cairn Centre) Tuesday 5 August, 11am – 3pm
• Glasgow (Health and Social Care ALLIANCE) Monday 11 August, 10am – 2pm
• Ayrshire (Broomlands and Bourteehill Age Concern) Tuesday 19 August, 10am – 2pm
• Cairndale Hotel,Dumfries Wednesday 27 August, 11am – 3pm

Everyone is welcome, but spaces are limited so booking is essential.

To book a place please email or telephone 0141 404 0231.

You can also submit your views by completing the Scottish Government’s short online survey. The full consultation document is also available to read on the Scottish Government website.
For more information, please contact:

• Hannah Lister, Policy Engagement Officer, Age Scotland on 0845 833 0200 or email
• Christopher Doyle, Policy and Information Assistant, the ALLIANCE on 0141 404 0231 or email

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