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First Steps towards a National Care Service for Scotland

Setting up of the Social Covenant Steering Group:

The Scottish Government have set up the group, which is made up of people with day-to-day experience of social care. This was a key recommendation of Derek Feeley’s Independent Review of Adult Social Care. You can see further details on the Independent Review here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/independent-review-adult-social-care-scotland/

You can also find an Easy Read version of the report here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/independent-review-adult-social-care-scotland-easy-read/

People involved in the Steering Group:

The people who are involved in the group are ‘Real life experts’ to help focus on what really matters to people receiving social care.

The group is expected to help establish a common set of values and beliefs – a social covenant – which will underpin the National Care Service, including:

  • treating people with dignity and
  • prioritising the common good and ensuring there is strong oversight of the new service.

The group will establish underlying and unifying principles to help guide future decision-making.

You can see all the details developed so far, along with a list of the steering group members and the experience they bring here:

https://www.gov.scot/news/first-steps-towards-a-national-care-service/

A consultation document on the National Care Service is due to be published on 9 August and the consultation will run until 18 October.

As soon as we have further details on this we will keep members up to date.