Independent living

  1. Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013: statutory guidance

    Update of statutory guidance originally published in 2014 which retains some of what was in the original guidance but has some important differences.

  2. Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013: statutory guidance - summary

    Summary of update of statutory guidance originally published in 2014 which retains some of what was in the original guidance but has some important differences.

  3. Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013: statutory guidance - easy read

    Easy read version of update of statutory guidance originally published in 2014 which retains some of what was in the original guidance but has some important differences.

  4. Health and social care - data strategy: consultation analysis

    An independent analysis of the responses to our public consultation to inform the development of Scotland’s first data strategy for health and social care, due for publication in early 2023.

  5. Scottish Social Housing Charter November 2022

    The Charter helps to improve the quality and value of services provided by social landlords in Scotland. It sets the standards and outcomes that all social landlords should aim to achieve when performing their housing activities.

  6. Health and social care strategy for older people: consultation analysis

    An analysis report of the responses received to the consultation on a health and social care strategy for older people held in 2022.

  7. Social care inspection: consultation – themes and questions - easy read

    We are calling for evidence to support the Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation (IRISR) of social care support which will also include a range of in person and virtual stakeholder events. This easy read guide provides more information about the themes and questions in the consultation.

  8. Social care inspection: suggested event dates – easy read

    We are supporting the Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation (IRISR) of social care support by launching a call for evidence and a range of in person and virtual stakeholder events. This easy read guide provides more information and will help find out what people think about the dates of these events.

  9. National conversation to inform a new dementia strategy: discussion paper

    This is a discussion paper we developed to help people respond to our national conversation on the future of dementia policy in Scotland.

  10. National Care Service evidence paper: equality in adult social care in Scotland - easy read

    This easy read summary provides an overview of evidence related to equality in adult social care in Scotland. It is part of a collection of contextual evidence papers, setting out key sources of information about social care and related areas in Scotland.

  11. National Care Service evidence paper: experiences of social care in Scotland - easy read

    This easy read summary provides an overview of recent evidence on experiences of social care and unpaid caring in Scotland. It is part of a collection of contextual evidence papers, setting out key sources of information about social care and related areas in Scotland.

  12. National Care Service evidence paper: people who get adult social care and unpaid carers - easy read

    This easy read summary provides an overview of key sources of evidence about people who access social care and unpaid carers in Scotland. It is part of a collection of contextual evidence papers, setting out key sources of information about social care and related areas in Scotland.

  13. National Care Service evidence paper: social care support and services in Scotland - easy read

    This easy read summary provides an overview of the key national trends in social care support and service provision in Scotland. It is part of a collection of contextual evidence papers, setting out key sources of information about social care and related areas in Scotland.

  14. National Care Service - adult social care: equality evidence review

    Overview of evidence related to equality in adult social care in Scotland. It is part of a collection of contextual evidence papers, setting out key sources of information about social care and related areas in Scotland.

  15. National Care Service - adult social care workforce: evidence

    This paper summarises the available evidence on the adult social care workforce in Scotland. It is part of a collection of contextual evidence papers, setting out key sources of information about social care and related areas in Scotland.

  16. National Care Service - social care and caring experiences: evidence

    Overview of recent evidence on experiences of social care and unpaid caring in Scotland. It is part of a collection of contextual evidence papers, setting out key sources of information about social care and related areas in Scotland.

  17. National Care Service - SCFNuka (Alaska) and Canterbury (New Zealand) models: integrated care studies

    This paper summarises the key findings and learning from two case studies of integrated care models from different countries: the SCFNuka model from Alaska and the Canterbury model from New Zealand.

  18. National Care Service - national systems of social care in Nordic and Scandinavian countries: learning and evidence review

    This rapid review presents research evidence and learning from Nordic and Scandinavian national systems of social care to inform the development of the National Care Service for Scotland.

  19. National Care Service - social care support and service provision: evidence

    Overview of the key national trends in social care service provision and support in Scotland. It is part of a collection of contextual evidence papers, setting out key sources of information about social care and related areas in Scotland.

  20. National Care Service - people who access adult social care and unpaid carers: evidence

    Provides an overview of key sources of evidence about people who access social care and unpaid carers in Scotland. It is part of a collection of contextual evidence papers, setting out key sources of information about social care and related areas in Scotland.

  21. National Care Service - health and demographic profile: evidence

    Provides an overview of Scotland’s health and demographic profile and population projections. It is part of a collection of contextual evidence papers, setting out key sources of information about social care and related areas in Scotland.

  22. Rehabilitation and recovery: a person-centred approach

    This paper presents the Once for Scotland approach to rehabilitation in a post-COVID era that is based on six principles of good rehabilitation. It aims to support individuals to live well with long-term conditions and ensure they can access rehabilitation that is personalised and outcome-focused.

  23. Health and social care - data strategy: consultation - easy read

    We are gathering views on how data should be used and managed, across health and social care. These views will help shape the development of Scotland’s first data strategy for health and social care.

  24. Health and social care - data strategy: consultation

    We are gathering views on how data should be used and managed, across health and social care. These views will help shape the development of Scotland’s first data strategy for health and social care.

  25. People with learning disabilities living in places away from their homes: report - easy read

    This is the updated version of the easy read report from a group working on Delayed Discharge and Complex Care.

  26. National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992 - Child Migrant Trust amendments: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for disregarding any payment from the Child Migrant Trust, in relation to the financial assessment for living in a care home in Scotland.

  27. National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992 - Historical Institutional Abuse Redress Board (Northern Ireland) amendments: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for disregarding any payment from the Historical Institutional Abuse Redress Board (Northern Ireland), in relation to the financial assessment for living in a care home in Scotland.

  28. National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992 - Troubles related incident Victims' Payment Scheme (Northern Ireland) amendments: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for disregarding any payment from the Troubles related incident Victims’ Payment Scheme (Northern Ireland), in relation to the financial assessment for living in a care home in Scotland.

  29. National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992 - Infected Blood Financial Support Payment Schemes in the UK amendments: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for disregarding any payment from the Infected Blood Financial Support Payment Schemes in the UK, in relation to the financial assessment for living in a care home in Scotland.

  30. Strokes: progressive stroke pathway

    The progressive stroke pathway, produced by the National Advisory Committee for Stroke (NACS), sets out a vision of what progressive stroke care in Scotland should comprise.

  31. Community equipment and housing adaptations: draft guidance

    New draft guidance providing guidance to health boards, local authorities and their partners on the provision of equipment and home adaptations to aid daily living.

  32. Community equipment and housing adaptations: draft guidance - executive summary

    Executive summary of new guidance relating to the provision of community equipment and housing adaptations to aid daily living for health boards, local authorities and their partners.

  33. Coronavirus (COVID-19) supporting Gypsy/Travellers: framework for local authorities

    This framework, created jointly with COSLA, is for local authorities and partners supporting Gypsy/Traveller communities whilst Scotland transitions to living with COVID-19. This framework replaces all previous versions.

  34. Coronavirus (COVID-19) self-directed support: guidance - 11 March 2022

    Version 4 of guidance on self-directed support during the coronavirus pandemic published on 11 March 2022.

  35. Health and social care strategy for older people: consultation

    Consultation paper on a Health and Social Care Strategy for Older People.

  36. Health and social care strategy for older people: consultation - easy read

    Easy read version of the consultation paper on a Health and Social Care Strategy for Older People.

  37. Fire safety - existing specialised housing and similar premises: practical guidance

    Guidance for those who are responsible for specialised housing and for those who provide care and support in such premises.

  38. Fire safety - existing non-residential premises: practical guidance

    Guidance note on fire safety responsibilities for business owners of non-residential premises.

  39. Scottish Fire And Rescue Service: strategic enforcement guidance

    This guidance supports Scottish Fire And Rescue Service (SFRS) fire safety enforcement activity by setting out general policy and principles which should be embraced when carrying out the function of a fire safety enforcing authority.

  40. Fire safety - existing care homes: practical guidance

    Guidance for those who have responsibility under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 for ensuring fire safety in care homes in Scotland.

  41. Fire safety - existing high rise domestic buildings: practical guidance

    This guidance provides practical fire safety advice on how to prevent fires and reduce the risks from fires in high rise domestic buildings.

  42. Fire safety - existing premises with sleeping accommodation: practical guidance

    Advice consolidating and superseding a number of existing fire safety guides.

  43. Coming Home Implementation: report from the Working Group on Complex Care and Delayed Discharge

    The report from the working group into Delayed Discharge and Complex Care which makes recommendations of actions to be taken at national and local levels to reduce the number of delayed discharges and out-of-area placements for people with learning disabilities and complex care needs.

  44. National Care Service: consultation analysis - easy read

    Easy read version of the analysis of stakeholders' responses to our consultation on a National Care Service

  45. National Care Service: consultation analysis

    Analysis of stakeholders' responses to our consultation on a National Care Service.

  46. A New Deal for Tenants - draft strategy: consultation

    We are consulting on the draft A New Deal for Tenants - rented sector strategy, which seeks to improve accessibility, affordability choices and standards across the whole rented sector in Scotland.  

  47. Adapting common areas of property: guide

    Guide to accompany the Relevant Adjustments to Common Parts (Disabled Persons) (Scotland) Regulations 2020.

  48. Adapting common areas of property: easy read version

    Easy read guide to accompany the Relevant Adjustments to Common Parts (Disabled Persons) (Scotland) Regulations 2020.

  49. Fire safety guidance - existing high rise domestic buildings and specialised housing and similar premises: research - SG response

    The Scottish Government response to the recommendations of the independent evaluation of the practical fire safety guidance for existing high rise domestic buildings and the practical fire safety guidance for existing specialised housing.

  50. Fire safety guidance - existing high rise domestic buildings and specialised housing and similar premises: impact and effectiveness

    Independent evaluation of the practical fire safety guidance for existing high rise domestic buildings and the practical fire safety guidance for existing specialised housing to determine whether the guidance is used by those it is intended for, is helpful, and what may be needed to strengthen it.

  51. Digital health and care strategy

    Refreshed strategy which sets out how we will work together to improve the care and wellbeing of people in Scotland by making best use of digital technologies in the design and delivery of services, in a way, place and time that works best for them.

  52. Disability Assistance for Working Age People (Scotland) draft regulations: scrutiny report

    Scottish Commission on Social Security (SCoSS) scrutiny report on the Disability Assistance for Working Age People Regulations

  53. Becoming a Fair Work nation: consultation

    This consultation seeks views on achieving this vision and ensuring Fair Work remains at the heart of our labour market interventions, particularly in the context of COVID-19 and EU Exit, by identifying the relevant challenges and opportunities for Fair Work across the Scottish economy.

  54. A National Care Service for Scotland consultation: easy read

    An easy read version of the National Care Service consultation paper.

  55. Islands bond: consultation

    The Scottish Government has made a commitment to developing an Islands Bond - offering 100 bonds of up to £50,000 to young people and families to stay in or to move to islands currently threatened by depopulation. This consultation is inviting comments to inform the development of this policy.

  56. Can Scotland be Brave – Incorporating UNCRC Article 12 in practice

    This project investigated how well practitioners, understood and implemented the full obligations of Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (‘UNCRC’).

  57. Adult social care - winter preparedness plan: 2020 to 2021

    This plan sets out the measures already in place that must be retained and those that need to be introduced across the adult social care sector over winter 2020 to 2021.

  58. Social care support reform: partnership programme framework

    Framework for the partnership programme to support local reform of adult social care sets out the priorities, workstreams and vision.

  59. Social care support reform: vision

    Our shared vision for adult social care support, including support for carers.

  60. Social care support reform: summary of discussion paper responses

    Analysis of responses to the joint discussion paper from Scottish Government and COSLA on building a national programme to support adult social care reform.

  61. Self-directed support strategy 2010-2020: implementation plan 2019-2021

    Actions required to drive forward the changes necessary to fully implement self-directed support.

  62. A Fairer Scotland for Older People: framework for action

    This framework has been developed to challenge the inequalities older people face as they age and to celebrate older people in Scotland.

  63. Improving wheelchair access in housing

    First step to tackling shortage of wheelchair accessible homes.

  64. Neurological conditions national action plan 2019-2024: draft for consultation

    Consultation on draft of our first national action plan on improving the care, treatment and support available to people living with neurological conditions and their carers.

  65. Age, Home and Community: next phase

    This is a refresh of the 2011 publication of the Age, Home and Community strategy.

  66. Transforming specialist dementia hospital care: independent report

    Commissioned by the Scottish Government to investigate specialist dementia hospital care, with recommendations for service modernisation.

  67. Age, Home and Community strategy: progress report

    Update on action to support older people to live independently at home.

  68. Life for people in Scotland in 2016

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland

  69. Adapting for Change: learning points

    Summary of the evaluation report on Adapting for Change, an initiative testing and developing recommendations on housing adaptations.

  70. Adapting for Change: evaluation

    Evaluation report on Adapting for Change, an initiative testing and developing recommendations on housing adaptations.

  71. Independent Living Fund: consultation responses

    Responses regarding the future use of resources devolved following the UK Government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund (ILF).

  72. Independent Living Fund Working Group: report and recommendations

    Final report of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) Working Group, containing recommendations on opening up the fund to new users.

  73. Independent Living Fund

    £5 million to support young disabled people.

  74. Jobcentre Plus closures

    Future of Scottish sites to be discussed.

  75. Funding for housing projects

    Grants of £1.65m to help homeless and vulnerable people.

  76. Transforming the lives of disabled people

    Disability Delivery Plan is published.

  77. Review of student support

    Jayne-Anne Gadhia to chair review group.

  78. Independent Living Fund Scotland appointments

    Additional board members appointed.

  79. Independent Living Fund Scotland appointments

    Additional board members appointed.

  80. Hospital discharge: planning flowchart for clinical assessment

    Clinical assessment: can the patient's needs be met in any other setting than a hospital?

  81. Joint Housing Delivery Plan for Scotland

    Plan identifying priority actions agreed upon by housing sector representatives to ensure we are able to deliver the objectives set out in our housing strategies.

  82. Hospital discharge: road to discharge infographic

    Infographic showing the process for discharging a patient from hospital.

  83. Older People's Housing Strategy: Delivery Plan

    The implementation plan for our National Strategy for Housing for Older People.

  84. Adapting for Change report: Scottish Government's response

    Our response to the Adaptations Working Group's Adapting for Change report.

  85. National Strategy for Older People: group structure diagram

    Diagram showing groups that worked on our National Strategy for Older People.

  86. Adapting for Change: the Adaptations Working Group's final report

    The Group's report on developing a person-centred approach to housing adaptations.

  87. Adaptations Working Group Paper: Planning Ahead

    Examines self-help and planning ahead in relation to home adaptations and improvements.

  88. Private retirement housing: code of practice

    Our resource promoting best practice in private retirement housing.

  89. Equipment and adaptations - information for service users: guide for local authorities

    Guide to providing accessible information on equipment and adaptations by the NHS and local authorities.

  90. Community equipment: good practice guide

    Good practice guide and self evaluation toolkit for community equipment services in health and social care partnerships.

  91. Care home equipment protocol

    Protocol for the provision of equipment to care homes by the NHS and local authorities.

  92. Funding Adaptations to the home: A guide for private tenants

    private tenants guide to funding major adaptations

  93. Funding Adaptations to the home: A guide for local authority tenants

    local authority guide to funding major adaptations

  94. Funding Adaptations to the home: A guide for housing Association Tenants

    guide to funding major adaptations for housing association tenants

  95. Funding Adaptations to the home: A guide for homeowners

    homeowners guide to funding major adaptations

  96. Adaptations funding guide: advice for professionals to funding streams

    Guide for professionals through the funding streams for housing adaptations.

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