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.

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Next steps

What’s next for keeping care support local

We will use what we have learned to help make local care services better. This will include:

  • making sure people with experience of services can be more involved in local decision making
  • making sure services are high quality all over the country and meet different local needs
  • making better links between community health and social care

We will keep looking at what people have told us. We will make sure we understand what is working well or not working well. We will see if there are other areas we need to look at.

We will also work with people to come up with plans to fix the issues they have raised.

What is next for the National Care Service

The Scottish Government wants the National Care Service by 2026. We are now working to improve the social care system.

Events will help us to make the National Care System, its policies, and the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill better.

A Bill is a proposed law that needs to be passed by the Parliament before it could become a law. The Scottish Parliament will vote on the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill in January 2024.

Over the next 18 months we will continue designing the National Care Service.

We will involve people who have accessed social care support. We will also involve groups of people whose voices currently are not being heard.

We will keep improving the social care sector for the already existing staff and to make it a good profession to work for.



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