1. New disability benefit for pensioners

    Five council areas named as first to get Pension Age Disability Payment

  2. Enhancing social care services

    Funding of £9.2 million to support independent living.

  3. National Islands Plan: annual report 2023

    The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 requires that a report is presented to Parliament each year setting out the progress made towards delivery of the National Islands Plan. This report sets out progress made during the 2023 reporting year.

  4. The Scottish Government Procurement Strategy April 2024 – March 2028

    The Scottish Government's procurement strategy describes how we plan to carry out our regulated procurements for the next four years.

  5. United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child - concluding observations 2023: SG initial response - child-friendly version

    This report explains how the Scottish Government (SG) is responding to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s concluding observations. These were published in 2023. This document will tell you about some of the things we are doing to make things better for children and their families in Scotland

  6. Kinship care - Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 - part 13: updated guidance 2024

    Updated non-statutory guidance to accompany Part 13 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (Support for Kinship Care) and The Kinship Care Assistance (Scotland) Order 2016 . Designed for practitioners it pays attention to consistency of definition, application of legislation and good practice, and reflects growing knowledge of the particular needs of kinship families.

  7. Teen carers urged to apply for Scottish benefit

    Young people may be missing out on help because they don’t realise they’re carers  

  8. Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation of Social Care in Scotland: our response

    Scottish Government response to the Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation of Social Care in Scotland, chaired by Dame Sue Bruce.

  9. Child protection learning and development 2024: national framework

    Framework to support multi-agency learning and development relevant to child protection in Scotland. This highlights key learning for all workforces according to the level of responsibility they have for child protection.

  10. Adult social care eligibility criteria - innovations and developments: report

    An independent report to explore relevant developments and innovations in the field of adult social care eligibility criteria in the UK, written by Dr Emma Miller.

  11. Dementia strategy: initial 2-year delivery plan - 2024 to 2026

    This delivery plan sets out how Scottish Government and COSLA will work with the voices of lived experience and delivery partners to begin to realise the vision for change set out in our new dementia strategy for Scotland: Everyone's Story

  12. Prostitution - challenging and deterring men's demand: strategic approach

    Sets our our collective approach, working with stakeholders across the wider public and third sector, to challenge and deter men’s demand for prostitution and support those with experience of it.

  13. Am Plana Nàiseanta airson Dùthaich a tha Math a Thaobh Biadh: Sgrìobhainn Chochomhairleachaidh

    This consultation covers the content of the national Good Food Nation Plan. It seeks views on the Outcomes; ways of measuring progress; and how different groups envision life in a Good Food Nation. It also seeks views on specified functions. This is a Gaelic translation of the consultation.

  14. Geàrr-iomradh air a' Phlana Nàiseanta airson Dùthaich a tha Math a Thaobh Biadh

    The national Good Food Nation Plan sets out six over-arching Outcomes; the range of targets and indicators that will be used to gauge progress towards achieving them; and details of food-related policies and initiatives from across the Scottish Government. This is a Gaelic summary of the Plan.

  15. National Good Food Nation Plan: consultation - easy read

    Easy read version of our consultation on the national Good Food Nation Plan, which sets out the Government's goals for food and how we will achieve them.

  16. National Good Food Nation Plan

    The national Good Food Nation Plan sets out six over-arching Outcomes for a Good Food Nation; the range of targets and indicators that will be used to gauge progress towards achieving them; and details of a wide range of food-related policies and initiatives from across the Scottish Government.

  17. National Good Food Nation Plan: consultation

    We are consulting on the first national Good Food Nation Plan. We are seeking views on the national Good Food Nation Outcomes, ways of measuring progress and how different groups envision life in a Good Food Nation. It also seeks views on specified functions.

  18. National Care Service summer forums: supplementary report

    In summer 2023, we held events across Scotland as part of our work to co-design the National Care Service (NCS). The events covered different themes. This report contains additional feedback we gathered from some of the event.

  19. National Care Service Forum 2023: report - easy read

    This easy read report contains findings and next steps from the National Care Service Forum 2023. The forum was held on 30 October 2023 at Glasgow Science Centre.

  20. National Care Service summer forums: supplementary report - easy read

    In summer 2023, we held events across Scotland as part of our work to co-design the National Care Service (NCS). The events covered different themes. This easy read report contains additional feedback we gathered from some of the event.

  21. National Care Service Forum 2023: report

    Findings and next steps from the National Care Service Forum 2023. The forum was held on 30 October 2023 at Glasgow Science Centre.

  22. Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019 - draft statutory guidance: consultation analysis

    The Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019 will commence on 1 April 2024. We carried out a public consultation during June to September 2023 on the draft statutory guidance that will accompany the Act. This is an analysis of the consultation responses received.

  23. Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill: consultation

    We are committed to protecting, respecting and championing the rights of people with learning disabilities and neurodivergent people. This consultation on proposals for a Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill seeks the views of everyone on how we can do this.

  24. Findings from a Peer Support and Learning Group pilot to support Trauma Informed Practice in Adult Social Care

    This project explores whether a facilitated Peer Support and Learning (PSL) Group model is an effective method of supporting the implementation of trauma-informed and responsive practice in the adult social care sector, with a focus on residential care home settings.

  25. Mapping Of Professional Qualification Routes and Continuous Professional Learning Opportunities relating to Psychological Trauma, in the Children and Families Workforce

    Commissioned as part of the National Trauma Transformation Programme, this research aimed to map the learner journeys of five sectors of the Children and Families workforce including School Nursing, Health Visiting, Children and Families Social Work, Residential Childcare and Secure Care.

  26. Health and social care: winter preparedness plan 2023-2024

    This winter plan represents a whole system approach to responding to a surge in demand for health and social care services and sets out the actions to help relieve pressure points across the system. The measures outlined are applicable throughout the year when we may face increased pressures.

  27. National Care Service: forum programme - easy read

    This is the easy-read programme for the National Care Service Forum 2023. The Forum was at Glasgow Science Centre on 30 October 2023.

  28. National Care Service: forum Zoom discussion guide - easy read

    Guide to group discussions for people attending the National Care Service Forum 2023 by Zoom. The Forum was held on 30 October 2023.

  29. National Care Service: forum discussion guide - easy read

    Guide to group discussions for people attending the National Care Service Forum 2023 in person. The Forum was at Glasgow Science Centre on 30 October 2023.

  30. Service Level Agreement Between The Secretary Of State For Work And Pensions and Scottish Ministers in Respect of Funeral Support Payment

    Service Level Agreement Between The Secretary Of State For Work And Pensions and Scottish Ministers in Respect of Funeral Support Payment

  31. Support for the Veterans and Armed Forces Community 2023

    This report highlights our continuing support for the Veterans and Armed Forces community in Scotland and provides an update on this year’s achievements and work undertaken to improve support and access to services for our Armed Forces, Veterans and their families.

  32. Value based health and care: action plan

    Sets out the actions to support health and care colleagues practise Realistic Medicine and deliver value based health and care, by focusing on outcomes that matter to people, optimising use of health and care resources, and contributing to a more sustainable health and care system.

  33. Scottish Social Services Council - proposed register changes: consultation

    Consultation on proposed changes to the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) register.

  34. National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992 amendments - Windrush Compensation Scheme: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for the amendments to the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992 in respect of the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

  35. Core mental health standards: easy read summary

    Easy read summary of the core mental health standards. Supporting adult secondary services with the aim of improving quality and safety of mental health services for people in Scotland.

  36. National Care Service - keeping care support local part 1 – local services: regional forums - easy read findings summary

    In summer 2023, we held events across Scotland as part of our work to co-design the National Care Service (NCS). The events covered different themes. This easy-read report contains feedback on the Keeping care support local part 1 – local services theme.

  37. National Care Service - realising rights and responsibilities: regional forums - easy read findings summary

    In summer 2023, we held events across Scotland as part of our work to co-design the National Care Service (NCS). The events covered different themes. This easy read report contains feedback on the realising rights and responsibilities theme.

  38. National Care Service - keeping care support local part 2 – community health care: regional forums - easy read findings summary

    In summer 2023, we held events across Scotland as part of our work to co-design the National Care Service (NCS). The events covered different themes. This easy read report contains feedback on the Keeping care support local part 2 - community health care theme.

  39. National Care Service - making sure your voice is heard: regional forums - easy read findings summary

    In summer 2023, we held events across Scotland as part of our work to co-design the National Care Service (NCS). The events covered different themes. This easy-read report contains feedback on the Making sure your voice is heard theme.

  40. National Care Service - information sharing to improve care support: regional forums - easy read findings summary

    In summer 2023, we held events across Scotland as part of our work to co-design the National Care Service (NCS). The events covered different themes. This easy-read report contains feedback on the Information sharing to improve care support theme.

  41. National Care Service - valuing the workforce: regional forums - easy read findings summary

    In summer 2023, we held events across Scotland as part of our work to co-design the National Care Service. The events covered five co-design themes. This easy-read report relates to feedback gathered from the Valuing the Workforce co-design theme events.

  42. National Care Service - realising rights and responsibilities: regional forums - findings summary

    In summer 2023, we held events across Scotland as part of our work to co-design the National Care Service (NCS). The events covered different themes. This report contains feedback on the Realising Rights and Responsibilities theme.

  43. National Care Service - making sure my voice is heard: regional forums - findings summary

    In summer 2023, we held events across Scotland as part of our work to co-design the National Care Service (NCS). The events covered different themes. This report contains feedback on the Making sure your voice is heard theme.

  44. National Care Service - valuing the workforce: regional forums - findings summary

    In summer 2023, we held events across Scotland as part of our work to co-design the National Care Service (NCS). The events covered different themes. This report contains feedback on the Valuing the Workforce theme.

  45. National Care Service - information sharing to improve care support: regional forums - findings summary

    In summer 2023, we held events across Scotland as part of our work to co-design the National Care Service (NCS). The events covered different themes. This report contains feedback on the information sharing to improve care support theme.

  46. National Care Service - keeping care support local part 1 – local services: regional forums - findings summary

    In summer 2023, we held events across Scotland as part of our work to co-design the National Care Service (NCS). The events covered different themes. This report contains feedback on the Keeping care support local part one – local services theme.

  47. National Care Service - keeping care support local part 2 – community health care: regional forums - findings summary

    In summer 2023, we held events across Scotland as part of our work to co-design the National Care Service (NCS). The events covered different themes. This report contains feedback on the Keeping care support local part two - community health care theme.

  48. Social care - Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation: call for evidence analysis - easy read summary

    Easy read version of the executive summary of the Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation of Social Care Support in Scotland's call for evidence analysis report which sets out the findings from the call for evidence submissions and notes from the engagement events.

  49. Social care - Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation: recommendation report - easy read summary

    Easy read version of the executive summary of the Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation (IRISR) of social care support in Scotland's recommendation report provided to Scottish Ministers by Dame Sue Bruce.

  50. Social care - Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation: recommendation report

    The Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation (IRISR) of social care support in Scotland: recommendation report provided by Dame Sue Bruce. The IRISR explored how social care support and linked services are inspected, scrutinised and regulated in Scotland.

  51. Social care - Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation: recommendation report - executive summary

    Executive summary of the Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation (IRISR) of social care support in Scotland's recommendation report by Dame Sue Bruce. IRISR explored how social care support and linked services are inspected, scrutinised and regulated in Scotland.

  52. Social care - Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation: call for evidence analysis

    Evidence analysis report from the Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation (IRISR) of social care support in Scotland's call for evidence which sets out the findings from the call for evidence submissions and notes from the engagement events.

  53. Social care - Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation: call for evidence analysis - executive summary

    Executive summary of the call for evidence analysis report of the Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation (IRISR) of social care support in Scotland which sets out the findings from the call for evidence submissions and notes from the engagement events.

  54. My Health, My Care, My Home - healthcare framework for adults living in care homes: annual progress report September 2023

    This is the first annual progress report for My Health, My Care, My Home. It looks back on the past year, highlighting some initiatives that have aided the delivery of the Healthcare Framework’s recommendations. It also references others that started prior to June 2022 that have since progressed.

  55. Social care - Independent Review Panel minutes: June 2023 - easy read

    Minutes from the Independent Review Panel meeting on 13 June 2023.

  56. Social care - Practitioner and Stakeholder Panel minutes: June 2023 - easy read

    Minutes from the Practitioner and Stakeholder panel on 5 June 2023.

  57. Pay uplift commitment for Social Care and Childcare Staff

    £12 an hour pledge to help sector.

  58. National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2021 - updated 2023

    This guidance describes the responsibilities and expectations for all involved in protecting children and will support the care and protection of children.

  59. Independent Review of Audiology Services in Scotland

    Review report and recommendations from the Independent Review of Audiology Services in NHS Scotland. The Review was announced by the Scottish Government in January 2022 in the context of failings in the standards of care provided in the NHS Lothian Paediatrics Services.

  60. Social care - Practitioner and Stakeholder Panel minutes: April 2023 - easy read

    Minutes from the Practitioner and Stakeholder Panel meeting on 11 April.

  61. Social care - Practitioner and Stakeholder Panel minutes: May 2023 - easy read

    Minutes from the Practitioner and Stakeholder Panel meeting on 9 May 2023.

  62. Social care - Independent Review Panel minutes: April 2023 - easy read

    Minutes from the Independent Review Panel meeting on 18 April 2023.

  63. Social care - Independent Review Panel minutes: May 2023 - easy read

    Minutes from the Independent Review Panel meeting on 9 May 2023.

  64. iMatter Survey 2022: demographic data exploration

    Independent report by Webropol providing detailed information and analysis of staff experience in health and social care across Scotland, broken down by protected characteristics (as stated in Equality Act 2010). This report compiles data from the 2021 and 2022 iMatter survey.

  65. Whole Family Approach: rapid review of literature

    Reviews the evidence on Whole Family Approaches to family support, focussing on examples of best practice in the context of substance use and implications for the training and learning development of substance use practitioners and wider workforce.

  66. National Islands Plan review: consultation

    We are consulting on a review of the National Islands Plan, published in 2019. This review is required by the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018. We are seeking views on the impact and content of the current National Islands Plan.

  67. Partnership on National Care Service

    Councils to share accountability for services.

  68. National Islands Plan: implementation route map 2023

    Details how we will deliver on the commitments in the National Islands Plan, over the coming year.

  69. Social care - Independent Review Panel minutes: December 2022 - easy read

    Minute of Independent Review Panel in December 2022 in easy read format.

  70. Social care - Practitioner and Stakeholder Panel minutes: December 2022 - easy read

    Minute of the Practitioner and Stakeholder Panel meeting in December 2022 in easy read format.

  71. Social care - Independent Review Panel minutes: March 2023 - easy read

    Minute of Independent Review Panel meeting in March 2023 in easy read format.

  72. Social care - Practitioner and Stakeholder Panel minutes: March 2023 - easy read

    Minute of Practitioner and Stakeholder meeting in March 2023 in easy read format.

  73. Social care - Independent Review Panel minutes: February 2023 - easy read

    Minute of Independent Review Panel meeting in February 2023 in easy read format.

  74. Social care - Practitioner and Stakeholder Panel minutes: February 2023 - easy read

    Minute of Practitioner and Stakeholder Panel meeting in February 2023 in easy read format.

  75. Social care - Independent Review Panel minutes: January 2023 - easy read

    Minutes of the Independent Review Panel meeting in January 2023.

  76. Social care - Practitioner and Stakeholder Panel minutes: January 2023 - easy read

    Minutes from the Practitioner and Stakeholder Panel meeting in January 2023 in Easy Read format.

  77. Young Carer Grant: service level agreement between The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Scottish Ministers

    Service Level Agreement between The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Scottish Ministers in respect of Young Carer Grant.

  78. Young Carer Grant: service level agreement between Scottish Ministers and The Secretary of State for The Ministry of Defence

    Service level agreement between Scottish Ministers and the Secretary of State for The Ministry of Defence in respect of Young Carer Grant.

  79. Discovering meaning, purpose and hope through person centred wellbeing and spiritual care: framework

    The framework reflects the considerable developments resulting from the increased professionalism in spiritual care over the last twenty years. It firmly establishes the role of spiritual care as an integral part of health and social care provision.

  80. Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019 - draft statutory guidance: consultation

    This consultation is on the statutory guidance that will be issued by the Scottish Ministers to accompany the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019. The guidance will support relevant organisations in meeting requirements placed on them by the Act and relevant secondary legislation.

  81. Coronavirus (COVID-19) care home outbreaks - root cause analysis: progress report November 2020 to September 2022

    Track and report on progress on the recommendations set out in Coronavirus (COVID-19): care home outbreaks - root cause analysis (2020).

  82. Designing a National Care Service

    First of summer events to let people have their say.

  83. Realistic Medicine - Doing the right thing: Chief Medical Officer annual report 2022 to 2023

    Chief Medical Officer's (CMO) third annual report, and the seventh on Realistic Medicine. It reflects on the challenges our system is facing and asks professionals to practise Realistic Medicine, in order to deliver value based health and care and a more sustainable system.

  84. Criminal exploitation: practitioner guidance

    Guidance to support a shared understanding of criminal exploitation to help assist with early identification of those at risk from serious organised crime. This guidance also applies to criminal exploitation which is not linked to serious organised crime.

  85. Time Space Compassion - supporting people who are having a suicidal crisis: guide - easy read

    Easy read version of the Time Space Compassion introductory guide to supporting people in suicidal crisis. It has been developed for use by people and services who regularly come into contact and support people in suicidal crisis.

  86. Self-directed support: improvement plan 2023 to 2027

    Plan for all those with a role in ensuring people experience high quality social care in line with the principles and values of the Self Directed Support (SDS) Act 2013. The Plan identifies four outcome areas reflecting where improvements in how SDS is delivered are most needed.

  87. New dementia strategy for Scotland: Everyone's Story

    The new Dementia Strategy for Scotland is a 10-year vision for change. This strategy was developed in collaboration with people with lived experience and our wider partners. It is the culmination of eight months of engagement with people across Scotland, focussed on how we improve delivery

  88. New dementia strategy for Scotland: summary

    This summary of our New Dementia Strategy for Scotland (a 10-year vision for change) sets out the difference we want to make, prioritising how we improve delivery and impact, with a focus on enhancing community supports.

  89. Seirbheis Nàiseanta a' Chùraim Aithris air Buannachdan

    Tha e a’ cur an cèill nam buannachdan a dh’fhaodas tighinn bhon t-Seirbheis Chùraim Nàiseanta, tro reachdas agus co-dhealbhachadh. Tha e a’ sealltainn far a bheil ’s dòcha feum air barrachd fianaise a thrusadh agus barrachd breithneachaidh gus cuideachadh le co-dhùnaidhean a thaobh cruth is lìbhrige

  90. Bile Seirbheis Nàiseanta a' Chùraim (Alba) Ceistean is Freagairtean – seiseanan conaltraidh

    As t-samhradh 2022, chùm sinn na ceithir seiseanan co-chonaltraidh againn air Bile na Seirbheis Cùraim Nàiseanta. Chaidh grunn cheistean a thogail sna seiseanan sin, mar sin tha sinn air ceistean is freagairtean (C is F) ullachadh airson nan ceistean sin

  91. Coronavirus (COVID-19) face masks and face coverings guidance withdrawal: letter

    Letter issued to the social care sector regarding the withdrawal of the ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): Extended use of face masks and face coverings guidance’ across health and social care.

  92. Personal Independence Payment: agency agreement

    Personal Independence Payment Agency Agreement between the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Scottish Ministers in respect of people resident in Scotland.

  93. Attendance Allowance: agency agreement

    Attendance Allowance Agency Agreement between the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and the Scottish Ministers in respect of people resident in Scotland.

  94. Disability Living Allowance: agency agreement

    Disability Living Allowance Agency Agreement between the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Scottish Ministers in respect of people resident in Scotland.

  95. Industrial Injuries Scheme benefits: agency agreement

    Industrial Injuries Scheme Agency Agreement between the Secretary of State For Work and Pensions and the Scottish Ministers in respect of benefits for people resident in Scotland.

  96. Social Security - Scottish Carer's Assistance consultation: Scottish Government response - easy read

    Easy read version of the Scottish Government response to the Scottish Carer's Assistance consultation carried out between 28 February 2022 and 25 May 2022.

  97. Carer's Allowance: agency agreement

    Carer’s Allowance Agency Level Agreement in respect of Carer's Allowance for people resident in Scotland between the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Scottish Ministers.

  98. Carer's Allowance Supplement: Service Level Agreement between The Secretary of State For Work and Pensions and Scottish Ministers

    Service Level Agreement between The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Scottish Ministers in respect of Carer’s Allowance Supplement

  99. Equality, opportunity, community: New leadership - A fresh start

    This publication sets out the First Minister’s vision for Scotland and the outcomes he and his government aim to achieve by 2026.

  100. Protecting care home residents’ rights

    Strengthened standards ensure fewer restrictions on visiting.

  101. National Islands Plan Annual Report 2022

    The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 requires that a report is presented to Parliament each year setting out the progress made towards delivery of the National Islands Plan. This report sets out progress made during the 2022 reporting year.

  102. NAIT Adult Neurodevelopmental Pathways report

    In 2021, there was a recognised need to improve experiences and outcomes for autistic adults, adults with ADHD and those with co-occurring neurodevelopmental conditions in Scotland. This report details innovative and new ways of working towards these goals, including future recommendations.

  103. Social security - Scottish Carer's Assistance consultation: Scottish Government response

    Our response to the consultation analysis report about the Scottish Carer's Assistance consultation undertaken between 28 February 2022 and 25 May 2022.

  104. Support for kinship carers

    Kinship carers urged to check Scottish Child Payment eligibility.

  105. The Carer's Assistance (Carer Support Payment) (Scotland) Draft Regulations 2023

    Where Scottish Ministers propose to make regulations under the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018, they must make proposals publicly available. This page contains draft Carer Support Payment (Scotland) 2023 regulations which were sent to the Scottish Commission on Social Security on 3 March 2023.

  106. Scottish local government finance - Green Book: 2023-2024

    Scottish Local Government Finance Settlement 2023-24: Funding Allocation Formula.

  107. Dementia strategy - national conversation: what people told us

    High-level summary of the collective written and oral evidence we received on our national conversation to information a new dementia strategy. It outlines the range of responses received, as well as the evidence-based rigour we brought to this analysis through using thematic analysis techniques.

  108. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME-CFS): good practice statement

    Guidance to support the diagnosis and management of ME/CFS in primary care. This was originally published in 2010 and we have partially updated it to insert key recommendations from the NICE Guideline on ME/CFS published in October 2021.

  109. Transitions to adulthood for disabled young people: literature review

    A literature review, commissioned by the Scottish Government, of existing Scottish, UK and International evidence on the experiences faced by disabled young people during their transition to adulthood. The review also explores best practice in supporting disabled young people during this time.

  110. Learning Disability, Autism and Neurodiversity Bill: scoping work analysis 2022 - easy read

    Easy read version of a report summarising the findings of the Learning Disability, Autism and Neurodiversity Bill pre-consultation exercise.

  111. Learning Disability, Autism and Neurodiversity Bill: scoping analysis 2022

    This report summarises the findings of the Learning Disability, Autism and Neurodiversity Bill pre-consultation exercise. It is an analysis of 30 workshops carried by Scottish Government and its partners with people with learning disabilities and autistic people.

  112. Choosing a care home on discharge from hospital: guidance

    Refreshed guidance for health boards, local authorities and Integration Authorities on supporting patients and families through the process of choosing a care home on discharge from hospital.

  113. Health and social care: data strategy

    Scotland’s first data strategy for health and social care, setting out how we will work together in transforming the way that people access their own data to improve health and wellbeing; and how care is delivered through improvements to our systems.

  114. Health and social care: data strategy - executive summary

    Executive summary of the data strategy for health and social care.

  115. Carer Support Payment to be piloted by the end of this year

    Timetable for introduction of future benefits confirmed.  

  116. Supporting roots: report

    Report providing a broad picture of the needs of birth parents who have lost a child or children to ‘care’, and of the support and services that are currently available in Scotland. This report is designed to support best practice and service innovation.

  117. Child Winter Heating Assistance: service level agreement between The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Scottish Ministers

    Service Level Agreement between The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Scottish Ministers in respect of Child Winter Heating Assistance.

  118. Boosting the social care workforce

    Campaign aims to help fill vacant posts.

  119. Action to cut delayed discharge

    National exercise to re-assess hospital patients who are clinically safe to be discharged.

  120. Additional Winter support for NHS

    Measures to help NHS deal with extreme pressure.

  121. National Carers Strategy

    New strategy to improve the lives of unpaid carers.

  122. National carers strategy: executive summary

    Unpaid care is vital to how social care is provided in Scotland, and the value of the dedication and expertise of carers cannot be overstated. This strategy sets out a range of actions to ensure they are supported fully in a joined up and cohesive way.

  123. National carers strategy

    Unpaid care is vital to how social care is provided in Scotland, and the value of the dedication and expertise of carers cannot be overstated. This strategy sets out a range of actions to ensure they are supported fully in a joined up and cohesive way.

  124. Care homes – new support arrangements: advice note

    Letter and guidance setting out new arrangements for NHS Boards and local authorities in providing enhanced clinical and care support for care homes.

  125. Delivering value based health and care: a vision for Scotland

    Sets out the challenges our system is facing and how practising Realistic Medicine can deliver a more sustainable system. It includes six commitments on what we’ll do to support health and care professionals deliver care that people value.

  126. Coronavirus (COVID-19): living with dementia in care homes

    Guidance on supporting people with dementia or cognitive impairment to remain safe during periods of isolation.

  127. 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.

  128. Preparing the NHS for Winter

    More than £600 million to support services.

  129. Coronavirus (COVID-19): social care staff support fund guidance

    Guidance for social care workers and employers about the Social Care Staff Support Fund, that aims to ensure social care workers do not experience financial hardship if they are ill or self-isolating due to coronavirus.

  130. Putting people at the heart of social care

     National Care Service Forum will let the real experts help shape reforms.

  131. A new story for Dementia

    Voices of people with dementia, their families and carers to shape new strategy.

  132. Pausing asymptomatic Covid-19 testing

    Change will come into effect at the end of the month.

  133. Spotlight on social care as independent reviewer appointed

    Fresh look at inspection and regulation of social care.

  134. Help shape the new National Care Service

    Applications open to join Lived Experience Experts Panel.

  135. National Care Service - Lived Experience Experts Panel and Stakeholder Register: privacy notice - easy read

    Easy read version of a privacy notice, explaining how we will use and protect your data in the Lived Experience Experts Panel and National Care Service Stakeholder Register.

  136. Getting involved in designing the National Care Service (easy read)

    Easy read description of how to get involved in the Lived Experience Experts Panel and National Care Service Stakeholder Register.

  137. Facemasks no longer recommended in social care

    Guidance relaxed in line with latest clinical advice.

  138. My Health, My Care, My Home - healthcare framework for adults living in care homes

    Framework providing a series of recommendations that aims to transform the healthcare for people living in care homes.

  139. Young people urged to apply for Job Start Payment

    Extra money for unemployed young people who are starting work

  140. National Care Service Bill published

    New vision for the future of social care.

  141. Family visits made easier for care home residents

     Continuing to support people in adult care homes to connect with others.

  142. Scotland’s carers update release: April 2022

    Latest up to date estimates of the number of carers living in Scotland.

  143. New Health and Social Care Standards for care homes

    Reinforcing the rights of residents to have visits and care from loved ones.

  144. Children's Social Work Statistics, Scotland 2020-21

    Children's Social Work Statistics for Scotland for 2020 to 2021, including data on children and young people looked after, on the child protection register and in secure care accommodation.

  145. 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.

  146. Public backing for Anne’s Law

    Consultation finds ‘almost unanimous’ support for care home visit rights.

  147. Improved support for Scotland’s unpaid carers

    Plans for a new benefit.

  148. Second boosters for at-risk groups

    Spring dose to boost protection.

  149. Plea to help vulnerable adults at risk of harm

    More than 700 referrals made every week.

  150. Nearly 82,000 carers benefit from additional double payment

    £57.6 million support for carers in 2021

  151. Strong support for proposed National Care Service

    Analysis of consultation responses published.

  152. Carers Act funding: letter to councils and integration authorities

    Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport regarding Carers Act implementation funding.

  153. Looking after social work and social care staff

    New £1 million fund for workforce wellbeing.

  154. National Care Service consultation responses published

    Nearly 1,300 individuals and organisations took part.

  155. Restrictions eased for care home residents

    Isolation periods reduced and removed.

  156. Staff joining social care to have fees waived

    SSSC registration and PVG checks to be funded.

  157. Help for unpaid carers

    Funding for wellbeing support and services.

  158. Prioritising essential social care services

    Maximising efforts to protect and maintain critical and essential services.

  159. Advice on visiting care homes and hospitals

    Visits to people in hospital and care homes to continue with additional measures of protection.

  160. Over £300 million new winter investment for health and care

    Record winter funding package to help increase NHS and social care capacity this winter.

  161. Giving care home residents the right to see and spend time with those who are important to them

    Views sought on the best way to introduce ‘Anne’s Law’.

  162. Coronavirus (COVID-19): £500 payment for health and social care staff - questions and answers

    Answers to frequently asked questions by health and social care staff following the announcement of a £500 payment for staff, by the First Minister on 30 November 2020.

  163. Further progress on opening up care homes

     Residents can now have safer contact with named visitors during a COVID-19 outbreak.

  164. Hospital at Home

    £2.6 million further funding.

  165. First steps towards a National Care Service

    ‘Real life experts’ to help focus on what really matters to people receiving social care.

  166. Carers (Scotland) Act 2016: statutory guidance - updated July 2021

    Statutory guidance for local authorities, health boards and integration authorities on effective implementation of the provisions of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 (‘the Act’). It will also be of interest to other organisations working alongside statutory bodies to deliver carer support.

  167. Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007: code of practice

    The purpose of the refresh is to ensure adult support and protection guidance takes account of policy and practice developments since the Act was introduced in 2007, and thus bring the guidance up to date with current legislation and relevant changes in policy and legislation.

  168. The Adult Support And Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 part 1: guidance for adult protection committees

    The purpose of the refresh is to ensure adult support and protection guidance takes account of policy and practice developments since the Act was introduced in 2007, and thus bring the guidance up to date with current legislation and relevant changes in policy and legislation.

  169. Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007: code of practice

    The purpose of the refresh is to ensure adult support and protection guidance takes account of policy and practice developments since the Act was introduced in 2007, and thus bring the guidance up to date with current legislation and relevant changes in policy and legislation.

  170. Social care Personal Assistants to receive £500 payment

    Dedicated portal to reach last group of social care workers.

  171. Open with Care – supporting people in adult care homes to have meaningful contact with others: progress report

    This report summarises progress with the implementation of Open with Care - supporting meaningful contact in care homes guidance since publication. The report recognises the excellent progress and identifies key actions where care homes and partners can improve and embed good quality, meaningful contact as the norm.

  172. Dementia - health and social services staff: framework - Promoting Excellence 2021

    Promoting Excellence 2021 is a framework for all health and social services staff working with people with dementia, their families and carers.

  173. Social care - self-directed support: national framework - learning review

    As part of the development of a national framework for self-directed support, Social Work Scotland commissioned a small-scale learning review to map the approach taken by the self-directed support team and bring together the learning from throughout the project.

  174. Social care - self-directed support: framework of standards

    This framework consists of a set of standards (including practice statements and core components) written specifically for local authorities to provide them with an overarching structure, aligned to legislation and statutory guidance, for further implementation of the self-directed support approach and principles.

  175. Fair pay for social care workers

    Staff to be paid at least the Real Living Wage.

  176. Adult social care: independent review - easy read version

    Easy-read version of the Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland, which sets out a vision for a new system of social care.

  177. Improving the future of health and social care

    People will have more say in how services are delivered.

  178. Launch of new vaccination campaign

    Self-registration service for unpaid carers.

  179. Carers Act Finance 2021-2022: letter

    Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport about additional funding in the 2021-2022 Scottish Budget, for expanding support for unpaid carers under the Carers Act.

  180. Second doses given to more than half of care home residents

    The injection gives people longer lasting protection.

  181. Care home visits to resume

    Families reunited with relatives in care.

  182. Backing for Feeley Review recommendations

    First steps include a £20 million Community Change Fund.

  183. More help with free personal and nursing care

    Savings for people with dementia and other care needs.

  184. Vaccine programme moves to next stage

    Mass vaccination centres to open in Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

  185. Over £16 billion investment in health

    Funding for NHS, mental health and drug services.

  186. Mental health support for health and social care staff

    Frontline workers to get specialist help.

  187. Extra funding to support unpaid carers

    Additional £750,000 investment will help people take a break from caring roles.

  188. Coronavirus (COVID-19): day services for adults - letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport - 15 January 2021

    Letter addressed to the health and social care sector to clarify that essential day service support can continue throughout the current lockdown and adult day centres can continue to operate.

  189. £600,000 for young carers

    Over 2000 young carers receive Young Carer Grant.

  190. Strengthening support for people with dementia and their carers

    New dementia recovery plan published.

  191. Hospital and care home visiting update

    Keeping residents and patients safe over Christmas and New Year period.

  192. Testing for care home visitors gets underway

    New approach to be trialled in 14 care homes.

  193. Health and Social Care staff reflect on impact of Covid-19 pandemic

    Survey reveals pride in service and achievements, despite challenges

  194. Carers urged to seek support

    Still Game star highlights valued work of the country’s carers in new campaign.

  195. Adults who lack capacity - discharge process: key actions

    Identifies the key messages gathered from Adults with Incapacity (AWI) peer support sessions run between a number of Health and Social Care Partnerships and local operational guidance in place for managing adults who lack capacity and who are preparing for discharge.

  196. 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.

  197. Clinical and scientific review of testing

    Testing capacity on track to reach 65,000.

  198. Benefit for young carers enters second year

    People urged to check if they are eligible to apply again.

  199. Funding for those who need it most

    Over £30 million to tackle financial insecurity.

  200. Coronavirus (COVID-19): reopening day centres for adults - letter from Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport

    Letter from Jeane Freeman MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, issued today regarding the reopening of day centres for adults.

  201. Coronavirus (COVID-19): residential respite services - letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport and the Minister for Children and Young People

    Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport and the Minister for Children and Young People providing an update on guidance to support the remobilisation of stand-alone residential respite/short break facilities for both children and adults

  202. Health and well-being visits to care homes to resume

    Safe and phased return of visitors who improve quality of life.

  203. Home Farm care home

    Home purchased by NHS Highland.

  204. Review of adult social care

    Expert panel will report by January 2021.

  205. Identifying care home risks earlier

    Better information recording for residents and staff.

  206. £2.9 million more for social care

    31 projects secure an additional year’s funding.

  207. Care home visiting expanded

    Next stage of family visiting introduced.

  208. Further £50 million for social care sector

    Funding to help meet COVID-19 related costs.

  209. Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter to Health and Social Care Partnerships

    Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport and the Minister for Children and Young People about the reopening of respite and day care services.

  210. Visiting care homes

    Phased reintroduction of family visiting and communal activities for residents.

  211. £300,000 for young carers

    Carers Week launched with additional support.

  212. Extra payment for carers to help through coronavirus

    Eligible carers to get an additional £230.10.

  213. Supporting Scotland’s social care workers

    Plans for death in service cover and enhancements to statutory sick pay.

  214. Strengthened clinical oversight for care homes

    New arrangements to help care providers deal with pandemic pressures.

  215. Care Home Support Powers

    New ‘safety net’ proposed for care sector due to COVID-19.

  216. £50 million for social care

    Funding to help with additional COVID-19 costs.

  217. Extra payment for unpaid carers

    Investment of £19.2 million to support 83,000 carers

  218. Extending PPE access to all social care providers

    Supplies to be given to unpaid and family carers and personal assistants.

  219. Supporting families through COVID-19

    140,000 children and young people provided with free school meals.

  220. Protecting care home workers

    PPE to be delivered direct to more than one thousand locations.

  221. Tenants to be given extra protection

    Emergency Scottish legislation in response to coronavirus.

  222. Social care at heart of response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Scottish Government to meet increased costs.

  223. Implications of labour markets for the social care workforce: report

    Independent research on the influence of national and local labour markets on the social care sector.

  224. More older people to be treated at home

    Extra funding will reduce hospital stays.

  225. Record investment in health and care

    Increased funding for frontline NHS boards.

  226. Young Carer Grant extended

    Most vulnerable young people now eligible.

  227. Large increase in crisis grants paid out

    Low income families provided with more than £3 million in one quarter to cover emergencies.

  228. Appropriate Adults: guidance for local authorities

    Guidance for local authorities about their statutory duties relating to the provision of Appropriate Adult services.

  229. Managing self-directed support for adults with incapacity: guidance

    Guidance on managing self-directed support for adults with incapacity.

  230. Sustainable health and social care services

    UK’s first integrated workforce plan published.

  231. Carers to receive extra cash by Christmas

    Next Carer’s Allowance Supplement to be paid mid-December

  232. Adult protection significant case reviews: interim framework

    Framework to support a consistent approach to conducting adult protection significant case reviews and improve the dissemination and application of learning both locally and nationally. This framework is for all partners.

  233. Low income families helped

    Scottish Welfare Fund provides grants to those most in need.

  234. New benefit for young carers

    16-18 year-olds to get cash support from next week.

  235. Supporting adults at risk from harm

    New action plan for vulnerable people.

  236. Adult support and protection improvement plan 2019-2022

    Plan to complement and strengthen local adult support and protection improvement activity, provide assurance and identify future areas for improvement so that adults at risk of harm in Scotland are supported and protected.

  237. Extra Support for Young Carers

    New benefit for eligible teenagers to launch this autumn.

  238. Social care support reform: vision

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

  239. Progress on integration of health and social care

    Joint report with COSLA published.

  240. Understanding health and social care standards: booklet for unpaid carers

    This booklet is to help unpaid carers to understand and use the new health and social care standards.

  241. Health and social care delivery plan

    Delivery plan to set out the framework and actions needed to ensure that our health and social care services are fit to meet requirements.

  242. Planning and delivering integrated health and social care: guidance

    Guidance on the planning and delivery principles which describe how integrated care should be planned and delivered and how the principles will work in tandem with the National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes.

  243. Health and social care integration - financial assurance: guidance

    Guidance for health boards, local authorities and integration joint boards on a process of assurance to help ensure the success of integrating health and social care.

  244. Health and Social Care Integration: core indicators

    Describes the proposed core suite of indicators that Integration Authorities will use to measure progress towards the National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes.

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