Publication - Strategy/plan

Caring Together: The Carers Strategy for Scotland 2010 - 2015

Published: 26 Jul 2010
Part of:
Health and social care

The Scottish Government and COSLA are determined to ensure that carers are supported to manage their caring responsibilities with confidence and in good health, and to have a life of their own outside of caring.

Caring Together: The Carers Strategy for Scotland 2010 - 2015


Alcohol and Drug Partnerships ( ADPs) Alcohol and Drug Partnerships ( ADPs) have been set up for every local council area to transform the provision of services to tackle substance misuse. ADPs are developing and implementing local alcohol and drugs strategies to reduce the numbers of people with substance misuse problems.
Association of Directors of Social Work ( ADSW) ADSW is the professional association representing senior social work managers in local government in Scotland.
Black and Minority Ethnic ( BME) Any minority group who has a shared race, nationality, language and culture. House of Lords definition of an ethnic group - "Essential features are a long shared history and a common cultural tradition. There may also be some of the following present: common geographical location from a small number of ancestors; a common language; a common literature; a common religion; and, being a minority within a larger community." An alternative definition is: "A group of people who share certain background characteristics such as common ancestors, geographical origin, language, culture and religion. This provides them with a distinct identity as seen by both themselves and others."
Community Health Partnerships ( CHPs) Community Health Partnerships were established by NHS Boards as key building blocks in the modernisation of the NHS and joint services, with a vital role in partnership, integration and service redesign.
Concordat The agreement in November 2007 between the Scottish Government and local government, based on mutual respect and partnership. It underpins the funding to be provided to local government to March 2011.
Convention of Scottish Local Authorities ( COSLA) The representative voice of Scottish local government and the employers' association on behalf of all Scottish councils.
Direct payments Payments from councils in lieu of services provided directly to individuals assessed as being in need of community care services. The amount of money received depends on the assessed needs. The legal provisions relating to direct payments are contained within a number of Acts and Regulations. The main duties are set out in Section 12B and 12C of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 and the accompanying Regulations from 2003. However, these have been updated over a number of years.
Independent Living Promotes independent living for disabled people with choice, control and quality at the heart of the provision.
Keep Well and Well North Keep Well and Well North programmes provide health checks in some of the most deprived areas of Scotland. They were set up to reduce health inequalities by identifying people aged between 45 and 64 in deprived communities who are at risk of cardiovascular disease and offering interventions to reduce their risk. The upper limit of 64 reflects the objective of preventing premature mortality and morbidity, premature being defined as before age 75.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ( LGBT) Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
National Carer Organisations ( NCOs)

The 5 voluntary organisations representing carers issues on a national basis:

  • Carers Scotland
  • Coalition of Carers in Scotland ( COCIS)
  • Crossroads Caring Scotland
  • Princess Royal Trust for Carers
  • Shared Care Scotland
NHSinform A single gateway provided by NHS 24 for the provision of quality assured health information for the population of Scotland.
Personalisation Personalisation fundamentally moves the location of power, decision-making and expertise from the system to the people who may need support. It is the practical application of principles and values that aim to support, encourage and assist individuals to retain, reclaim or discover elements of themselves that are essential to their humanity. In this new environment, more people will not require formal services. A 'one size fits all' approach is not what we want for ourselves, but can be what we deliver. ( ADSW - Personalisation 2009)
Public Partnership Forums ( PPFs) Public Partnership Forums ( PPFs) are the main structure by which the Community Health Partnerships ( CHPs) link with the people of the communities that they serve, so that there is a meaningful and continuing dialogue with local people.
Reshaping Care for Older People The reshaping care for older people programme is being developed as current service configuration for care for older people is not sustainable given the demographic and financial pressure we face over the next 20 years. The Scottish Government, NHS and COSLA have embarked on a major programme to engage all interests in reshaping care and support services so that we meet policy objectives in ways that are sustainable. There is a need to look carefully at how well current services help older people to optimise their independence and well-being and to make the necessary changes.
Scottish Drugs Recovery Consortium ( SDRC)

The newly established consortium was launched on 1 June 2010. The SDRC is an independent national membership organisation established to drive and promote recovery for individuals, family members and communities affected by drugs across Scotland. The consortium is funded by the Scottish Government to support the implementation and delivery of the 'Road to Recovery' national drugs strategy. SDRC is a company limited by guarantee and is registered as a Scottish charity.

The SDRC will be an open and accessible vehicle for all of the key stakeholders - individuals who want to share their experience of recovery, mutual aid and community groups; treatment providers in statutory and non statutory settings; housing agencies; employment and training organisations; primary health providers; and specialist agencies. They will work together with people in recovery and their families to develop pathways to meaningful and sustained recovery. For more information about SDRC visit

Scottish Social Services Council ( SSSC) The Scottish Social Services Council ( SSSC) was established in October 2001 by the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act. The SSSC is responsible for registering people who work in the social services and regulating their education and training.
Self-directed support The definition of self-directed support is wider than the definition of direct payments. It refers to the method by which individuals and families can have informed choice about the way that support is provided to them. Individual budgets are an allocation of funding given to users after an assessment for support.
Shifting the Balance of Care Shifting the Balance of Care describes changes at different levels across health and social care, all of which are intended to bring about improvements in health and well-being and better service outcomes. This is to be achieved by providing care which is earlier in the course of a disease, a quicker diagnosis and a treatment process tailored more closely to each person's needs and is delivered closer to home.
Social Work Inspection Agency ( SWIA)

The Social Work Inspection Agency ( SWIA) is an independent Government agency formed to improve the quality of social work services across Scotland.

In 2011, there will be a single body for healthcare services and another body for social work and social care services, including child protection and the integration of children's services. The new bodies will take on work in these areas currently done by:

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education ( HMIE); NHS Quality Improvement Scotland ( NHSQIS); Social Work Inspection Agency ( SWIA); and the Care Commission.

Third Sector The Third Sector comprises social enterprises, voluntary organisations, co-operatives and mutuals. It has an important role in helping the Scottish Government achieve its purpose of creating a more successful country with opportunities for all to flourish, through achieving sustainable economic growth.