Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care


Minister for Public Health and Sport today announced the re-appointment of three members to The Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care.

Mrs Linda Dunion worked in the voluntary sector in Scotland for more than twenty years after returning from a two year spell in Mozambique in 1983. She held a range of posts including Director of Scottish Education and Action for Development (SEAD), The Scottish Down's Syndrome Association and Assistant Director of Age Concern Scotland. In 2007 she moved on after five years as Campaign Director of the 'see me' campaign to set up her own independent consultancy specialising in campaigns and social marketing for the voluntary and public sector. She has been a Member of the Care Commission since 2007. Mrs Dunion has excellent experience in the "involvement and engagement" field as well as in communications in the broadest sense.

Mr Ijaz Ashraf is currently Race Equality Officer with West Edinburgh Multicultural Organisation as well as being a Member of the Employment Tribunals and a Presiding Justice of the Peace in the Falkirk. His previous experience includes Former Chair and Director of Central Scotland Racial Equality Council. Mr Ashraf is also a former OCPAS Assessor for public appointments. He is a former member of the General Medical Council; and a current Member of the Fitness to Practise Panel of the Council. He has been a Member of the Care Commission since 2007. Mr Ashraf has extensive knowledge skills and experience in the field of equality and diversity.

Mr Douglas Hutchens is a self employed management consultant with DCal Consulting Ltd, working mainly with public sector and social economy organisations. He is the Vice Chair of the Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH) and a lay member of the Judicial Appeals Tribunal, appointed by the UK Government. His previous experience includes Director of Planning for an NHS Board and various management positions within NHS Scotland. He has been a Member of the Care Commission since 2007. Mr Hutchens brings a detailed knowledge of the Health and Social Care agenda and particular experience at a senior level in health care management.

As Part of the Public Services Reform Bill, Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS) is to be established to take on the existing responsibilities of the Care Commission. As such these re-appointments will be for a period of 2 years and will take effect from 1 September 2010 to 31 August 2012, or until such time as the new Care Scrutiny Body becomes operational - whichever is the soonest.

These posts are part-time and attract a remuneration of £8,222 for a time commitment of 5 days per month.

Mrs Dunion is a Member of Tayside NHS Board for which she receives annual remuneration of £8,008. Mr Hutchens is a Children's Panel Member for which he receives no remuneration. Mr Ashraf does not hold any other ministerial appointments.

The Care Commission has put in place a new, unified and effective system of care regulation that puts the safety and well-being of people who use care services at its heart. The Commission regulates care services throughout Scotland with the aim of improving their quality. Some 500,000 of the most vulnerable people in our society currently use the care services provided by over 100,000 people employed in the social care workforce. The quality of these services is important for everyone.

These Ministerial public appointments were made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland's Code of Practice.

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees' political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public. Mr Ashraf has stood as a candidate, held office as Vice Chair of his local branch and canvassed on behalf of the Labour party. Mrs Dunion and Mr Hutchens have not been involved in any political activity.