Social care - Independent Review Panel minutes: March 2023

Minutes of the Independent Review Panel meeting held on 14 March 2023.

Attendees and apologies

Chair of the meeting 

  • Sue Bruce (Chair, Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation IRISR)
  • Stuart Currie (Vice Chair, Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation IRISR)

Independent Review Panel Members (the panel)

  • David Strang
  • Kate Sang
  • Lee Knifton
  • Lillian Cringles
  • Megan Moffat
  • Neelam Bakshi
  • Paul Redfern
  • Satjit Singh

Scottish Government personnel and secretariat 

  • Iain MacAllister
  • Kerry Brooks
  • Arlene Crockett
  • Daniel Nagy


  • Gordon Black

Items and actions

Approval of minutes from February meeting

The panel approved the minutes.

Update on independent analysis

The Chair of the Review thanked the panel for their feedback on the first draft of the analysis report.

The panel had a discussion on the draft report, focusing on elements such as evidence, language and accessibility.

No action points.

Drafting the report

The panel had a discussion on drafting the report. Panel members contributed their knowledge and expertise in relation to technical and practical aspects of drafting the report.

No action points.

Looking at themes: Theme 4 - How will we know systems are working?

A discussion took place about theme 4 with panel members sharing their experience and expertise.

The panel considered the importance of providing individuals and their families with relevant information on social care support to enable them to make informed decisions.

The panel discussed the role, quality and accessibility of data in relation to the current approach to inspection, scrutiny and regulation of social care support and the importance of this regards the focus on continuous improvement within these processes.

Next meeting

The next panel meeting will take place on: Tuesday 18th April (11:00 – 13:00) in COSLA.

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