This post was written by Laura Dobie, the Living Well in Communities Knowledge and Information Skills Specialist. You can follow Laura on Twitter at @LauraKnowledge.
On Friday 21st October I went along to Scottish Care’s new models of care workshop. It was a really interesting day filled with discussions on the future of care delivery, which highlighted examples of innovation and good practice in care from across Scotland – and further afield.
Legislative and policy context
Donald Macaskill, CEO of Scottish Care, facilitated the workshop discussions and gave a summary of the myriad policy publications and legislation which are having an impact on the care sector:
- The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014
- Audit Scotland’s forthcoming review of self-directed support.
- The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, which is influencing partnership working.
- The Human Rights Act 1998, which is being used to challenge practice.
- The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, which has already seen examples of local communities buying out care homes.
- The Mental Health 10-year strategy, in which older people’s mental health will be a priority.
- The Review of primary care out of hours services. What is the potential of care homes in meeting out of hours care needs?
- The National Clinical Strategy, with its emphasis on multidisciplinary teams and, where possible, co-location.
- The Palliative and End of Life Care strategic framework for action, which raises the issue of training for social care staff, who need to have an awareness of, and the ability to deliver, palliative and end of life care. How do we do this without over-medicalising care homes, which are people’s homes?
- The third dementia strategy has a focus on advanced dementia and palliative and end of life care.
- The National Care Standards.
There was also the uncertainty of Brexit, and the possible impact that it could have on staffing and funding. The National Living Wage implementation, NHS cost efficiencies, the reform of the care home contract, reform of care at home and housing support, reform of NHS boards and local government elections in May 2017 will all have an impact on the sector. Continue reading “Discussions from the Scottish Care New Models of Care workshop”