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The Future of Adult Social Care in Scotland

The care needs of our ageing population are changing and becoming ever-more complex, with an increasing number of people delivering care in need of support.  The Scottish Government has recognised that a ‘scaling-up’ of the existing system is unsustainable and more substantive reforms of the system are needed to make it fit-for-purpose. How should services in the future be planned, designed, developed and delivered?

Facilitating a flexible, preventative and person-centred system driven by a human-rights approach

Following the announcement of the programme of support for the adult social care system and carers earlier this year, delegates will discuss workforce issues relating to the sector. The social care workforce is getting older, as is the population, which precipitates both greater quantitative and qualitive demands for services.  It is important that we consider this when addressing challenges on how to recruit and retain staff as well as ensuring they have adequate access to development and upskilling opportunities, career pathways and fair pay.

Delegates will examine how the system should be financed in the future, looking at new funding models, as part of a whole-system approach and reviewing how resources should be prioritised and allocated in order to deliver the best outcomes.

We'll also assess how the new system can enhance cross-sectoral, cross-governmental collaboration, co-ordination between sectors and agencies, co-production between providers, carers and service users themselves, leading to greater consistency in the quality of care available across the board.

The agenda will allow for specific consideration of how we deliver a system that takes a preventative approach and promotes greater self-directed support.  These discussions are expected to include how a national programme may extend good practices currently happening at local level.  This would increase both government’s and the public’s awareness and appreciation of the burdens and the roles of carers so that it is subject to a parity of esteem when it comes to allocation of resources and best ensuring maximum participation in society of those affected by decisions.

Join Holyrood on 28 November for an examination of the adult social care system and how it should be reconfigured to deal with the challenges of the future, with an ethos of kindness at its core.

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Key issues we’ll address with you

  • Update following the consultation on the programme to support local reform of adult social care
  • Upskilling the workforce and attracting and retaining younger people to and in social care roles
  • Enhancing collaboration particularly between health and social care, but also with local authorities and other agencies involved in delivery of the service
  • Facilitating and working in a system of co-production of care with greater input from service users themselves leading to greater consistency in content and quality of care
  • Wider consideration to the system as a whole; how do we make prevention and a more self-directed service which maximises service user’s and their carer’s (if unpaid) participation in society a practical reality?
  • Financing the future system
  • Increasing public awareness of the burdens of caring and the social care sector to ensure partiy of esteem both in terms of appreciation from the public and from politicians expressed through allocation of resources


09:30    Registration and Refreshments

10:00    Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

10:05    Session 1: Workshop by the Scottish Government 

Carla Plasberg-Hill, Adult Social Care Delivery Manager, Reform of Adult Social Care Support Programme, Social Care Support Division, Directorate for Community Health and Social Care, The Scottish Government

10.45    Session 2: Future-proofing the sector by attraction and retention of new staff and ensuring the current workforce have access to opportunities to develop, upskill and progress

  • Overview of workforce issues which need to be resolved both now and in the future for the care sector to operate functionally

Johanna Baxter, Head of Local Government, UNISON Scotland

Senior speaker confirmed from COSLA

Senior speaker confirmed from Colleges Scotland

11:25    Questions and Discussion

11:45    Refreshments and Networking

12:05    Session 3: Fostering a system driven by a cross-agency approach with collaboration, co-ordination and co-production between providers and enablers of care

  • Specific focus on what stakeholders can do to work better together, citing examples of best practice
  • Discerning the roles of national government, local government, IJBs, providers of care, unpaid carers and users themselves in order to maximise outcomes.
  • Delivering consistency of care

Deirdre Henderson, People-led Policy Officer (Adult Social Care Support), Inclusion Scotland 

13:45    Questions and Discussion

14:05    Lunch and Networking

14:50   Session 4: Birds-Eye View – the system as a whole; what do we want, how do we pay for it and how do we get there? 

  • How do we ensure co-oridination and consistency of care whilst ensuring proper SDS and involvement of those closest to the service user?
  • Delivering a preventative social care system build on human rights principles
  • Public awareness campaigns and other measures aimed at increasing appreciation afforded to carers and the wider sector leading ultimately to parity of esteem and resources allocated to social care relative to health in the context of integration
  • Having an honest conversation with the public at large about the challenges of the social care sector and how it should be financed in future if it is to be able to cope with an ageing population and the increasingly complex demands placed on it

Karen Hedge, National Director, Scottish Care

15:15    Questions and Discussion

15:35    Closing Remarks from Chair

15:45    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

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25 Mar 2020
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