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Timescales for adult carer support plans and young carer statements: consultation analysis

Published: 19 Aug 2019

Analysis of the consultation on timescales for adult carer support plans and young carer statements for carers of terminally ill persons. This analysis will help inform the development of the terminal illness regulations under the Carers Act 2016.

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Timescales for adult carer support plans and young carer statements: consultation analysis
Consultation Paper Question 5

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Consultation Paper Question 5

Question 5: Please give your views on the pros and cons of whether the first substantive conversation time limits should count non-working days or working days only?

We received 41 responses to this question.

Response Total % of total Breakdown
Individuals Statutory organisations Non-statutory organisations
Count Working Days Only (excluding weekends and public holidays) 26 63 12 13 1
Include non-working days 15 37 8 2 5

Most individuals and statutory organisations were in favour of counting working days only. Most non-statutory organisations favoured counting non-working days. Some responses highlighted that decisions on this issue are closely linked to decisions on the number of days. The pros and cons identified most frequently were as follows:

Count non-working days

Pros

  • The timescales for carers are easier to understand and should be turned around quickly.
  • May lead to quicker assistance.
  • Several suggest that non-working days are irrelevant to a person who may only have 6 months to live.
  • Could be useful in rural areas due to geography.

Cons

  • Whilst the NHS do, the social care work force do not usually work weekends.
  • Could impact on over-stretched services.
  • Many organisations will have difficulty responding on bank holidays and weekends.

Count working days only

Pros

  • Workers are more likely to achieve targets set and at higher quality.
  • This is a more achievable ambition with current resources.
  • Local authorities could adhere to timescales more easily.
  • This is better structured and more staff/agencies can be involved.
  • More manageable for all parties.
  • Clear expectations on all parties.

Cons

  • There may be difficulty delivering on tight timeframes.
  • This could cause crisis/anxiety for carers.
  • There was concern that this could potentially result in long timescales to ensure compliance.
  • This may delay development of statement, with the perception that power lies with statutory services.

Contact

Email: joanne.pierce@gov.scot