I am delighted to be able to introduce the new Health and Social Care Standards and commend all of the hard work that has gone into creating these new, human rights based Standards.
The new Standards are wide reaching, flexible and focussed on the experience of people using services and supporting their outcomes. One of the major changes to these Standards is that they will now be applicable to the NHS, as well as services registered with the Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland.
Everyone is entitled to high quality care and support tailored towards their particular needs and choices. This might be in a hospital; a care home; a children's nursery; or within their own home. Each and every one of us at some point in our lives will use or know someone who uses a health or social care service. These Standards are therefore hugely important to ensure that everyone in Scotland receives the care and support that is right for them.
I would like to thank everyone across the health and social care sectors involved in creating these Standards. You have worked hard to make them innovative and aspirational. Contributions from professional bodies, people who use services, service providers, private and third sector organisations, have created Standards that are applicable to a wide range of health and social care services.
Moving forward, there is still work to be done to ensure that the Standards are implemented successfully. We will support health and care providers, commissioners of services and inspection agencies to ensure a full understanding of what is required to meet the Standards and improve levels of care and support in Scotland.
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport