A Strategy for Carers
- There is a Carers Strategy called Caring Together: The Carers Strategy for Scotland 2010-2015. This provided a framework for development in Scotland and has been the driving force behind a new range of projects and initiatives within Scotland to improve the lives of Carers. The main aims of the Strategy include:
- Recognising carers as equal partners in care
- Ensure services are equip to support carers
- Support carers to have a life outside of caring and to care with confidence
- Link to Carers Strategy: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/Doc/319441/0102104.pdf
Self-directed Support (SDS)
Integration of Health and Social Care
- The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 legislates that health boards and local authority must integrate budgets and services to ensure that health and social care are working together and making services more effective, especially for those with long term conditions/disabilities and their carers.
- The main aims of this Act are to:
- Improve outcomes for patients, carers and their families
- Make health boards and local authorities work together to deliver a higher quality, sustainable service.
- Involve carers and service users in decisions regarding local services
A Carers Bill for Scotland
The Carers (Scotland) Bill passed its third and final stage in the Scottish Parliament on 4th February 2016.
The provisions of the Bill will be implemented from 2017 and will include:
- Adult Carer Support Plans (ACSP) and Young Carers Statements (YCS) are to replace carers assessments.
- There will not be a requirement for Carers to provide regular and substantial care, meaning all carers will be entitiled to a ACSP and YCS.
- ACSP and YCS will have to consider a range of issues including, emergency/future planning and timescales for ensuring these plans are complete for those caring for someone with a terminal illness.
- There will be a duty on Local Authorities to ensure there is an information and advice service for carers in their area.
- Health Boards and Local Authorities will have to publish a carers strategy in consultation with carers and carer organisations in their area.
- Health Boards will have to inform and involve carers in hospital discharge of the person they care for.
There are numerous other provisions and Carers Scotland will be produce a briefing for these shortly.
You can read the official report of the debate in the Scottish Parliament here.
A briefing for the Carers Bill can be found here.