Using Care Services? National Care Standards
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What are national care standards?
Scottish Ministers have developed and published national care standards for a range of care services. The standards aim to improve your quality of life by raising the level of care and support provided. They are making sure that you receive the same high quality of service, no matter where you live in Scotland.
The standards are written from the user's viewpoint. They are based on a set of principles that highlight how important it is for those providing care services to recognise and accept you as an individual. These principles are
equality and diversity
If you, a member of your family, or someone you know, is using care services now, or intends to use them in the future, the standards will provide guidance and will help you when making decisions. If things go wrong, the standards can also provide a useful reference and help you to raise concerns or make a complaint.
The standards set out what you can expect from care services at all stages of your journey through a service. Providers will have to comply with the standards and the related legislation. A new national regulator, the Care Commission, will inspect services to ensure that the standards are being met. There are more details about the Care Commission opposite.
The Care Commission
The Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 set up the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care. The Care Commission registers and inspects the services listed in the Act, taking account of the national care standards published by Scottish Ministers. The Care Commission is responsible to the Scottish Ministers.
If you have a complaint about either a registered care service, or the Care Commission itself, you can make it to the Care Commission who will deal with it quickly and sympathetically.
You can contact the Care Commission at:
The Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care
11 Riverside Drive
Dundee DD1 4NY
Tel: 01382 207100
Fax: 01382 207289
National care standards have been published for:
Adoption agenciesAdult placement services
Care at home
Care homes for children and young people
Care homes for people with drug and alcohol misuse problems
Care homes for people with learning disabilities
Care homes for people with mental health problems
Care homes for older people
Care homes for people with physical and sensory impairment
Early education and childcare up to the age of 16
Foster care and family placement services
Housing support services
School care accommodation services
Services for people in criminal justice supported
Short breaks and respite care services for adults
National care standards will be published in 2003 for:
You can see a copy of any of the national care standards by visiting www.scotland.gov.uk/publications
You should also be able to see the national care standards booklets at your local library.
Copies of the national care standards booklets are available from:
The Stationery Office Bookshop
71 Lothian Road
Edinburgh EH3 9AZ
Tel: 0870 606 55 66
Price 5.00 each.
The Care Standards and Sponsorship Branch of the Scottish Executive Health Department also has a website which you may find useful.