Publication - Report

External Review of the National Carer Organisations (NCOs)

Published: 7 Sep 2016
Population Health Directorate
Part of:
Health and social care

External review of the National Carer Organisations (NCOs) undertaken by Reid Howie Associates.

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76 page PDF

757.5 kB

External Review of the National Carer Organisations (NCOs)

76 page PDF

757.5 kB


1. The national grouping is referred to in this report as the " NCO Network", as this is consistent with the terminology used in its Terms of Reference

2. These are listed alphabetically.

3. Scottish Government (2010) Caring Together: The Carers Strategy for Scotland 2010 - 2015 Edinburgh: Scottish Government

4. Scottish Government (2010) Getting it Right for Young Carers: The Young Carers Strategy for Scotland 2010-2015 Edinburgh: Scottish Government

5. Care 21 / OPM (2006) The Future of Unpaid Care in Scotland Edinburgh: Scottish Government

6. Op cit.

7. The NCOs themselves do not have a consistent approach to terminology for the group.

8. The current group, excluding MECOPP.

9. Now the Scottish Government.

10. It is worth noting here, however, that a number of members of the Young Carers Services Alliance are not themselves carer-led organisations.

11. Notes of the NCO Development and Planning Event (2013).

12. Minor additions to improve readability.

13. For the purposes of this section, this will be referred to as the " NCO body", as there a number of structural options, and it is important not to imply a preferred option in the terminology used.

14. A number of participants suggested that the Alliance should develop an individual identity, separate from the Carers Trust, through, for example, having its own website and email address domain.

15. The information in this annex is current at June 2014.

16. See, for example, Scottish Government (2008).

17. The "carer's journey" is a way of conceptualising how agencies can best provide support to carers. It was initially developed in Lanarkshire, but is now used in other areas as well.

18. At a UK level, the organisation had, at January 1, 2014, a total of 76 staff including those in Scotland.


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