National Care Standards Review

The National Care Standards help everyone understand what they have a right to expect when they access health and social care services. They also help services understand and meet the quality and standards of care which they should provide.

In 2014, the Scottish Government launched a consultation seeking views on the approach and scope of the National Care Standards. The consultation set out a range of human rights-based proposals for developing new standards that improve the quality of care and protect vulnerable people. It also proposed a shared set of standards for health and care so that people working in health and care services have a "common understanding of what quality means and work to common core values".

The Scottish Government received 475 responses to the consultation, which can be accessed here. An independent analysis of the responses was published in April 2015. Following publication of the analysis, the Scottish Government confirmed that the new National Care Standards should be developed, tested and introduced within 12 to 18 months.

You can find further information on the review on the National Care Standards Review website.

A Consultation on the New National Health and Social Care Standards

A consultation was launched on the new national New National Health and Social Care Standards on 28 October 2016 and closed on 22 January 2017. 

From Spring 2018, the new Standards will provide a framework for registration and inspection of individually registered care and health services, but they will also be relevant to all care and health services including those not inspected by the Care Inspectorate or Healthcare Improvement Scotland. Services which are not currently required to register with or be inspected by these regulators will be encouraged to adopt and apply the Standards as a framework for high quality care.

A consultation on draft human rights and wellbeing principles

A consultation was launched on the draft human rights and wellbeing principles that underpin the development of the new National Care Standards for health and social care services in Scotland. The Consultation closed on 10 December.

As part of the consultation, the Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland encouraged everyone with an interest and involvement in health or social care, personal and professional, to take part in the consultation which will help the standards evolve to meet the needs, rights and choices of people across Scotland.

The first stage of the review of the current National Care Standards is to consult people who have an interest on seven overarching draft principles.

The principles will apply across all health and social care services, including hospitals, independent healthcare, NHS surgeries, social work provision, criminal justice, social care and early learning and childcare.

The consultation responses will inform the development of generic and specialist standards which will apply to services across health and social care. A consultation report was published in February 2016.

All views from the consultation were considered and the overarching principles were signed off in February 2016.  The next phase of the National Care Standards Review Development Group's work is to develop a set of general and specialist standards linked to the principles. The draft standards will be published in Autumn 2016 followed by a 12 week period of consultation and engagement. 

You can find further information on the consultation on the National Care Standards Review website.



The first in a series of new, regular bulletins that will provide up-to-date information and opportunities to be involved in the review has been published by the National Care Standards Review Development Group. 

The first issue introduces the review of the NCS and includes a timetable for the delivery of the new standards.

The second bulletin provides an update on progress, including the key themes from the over 1,700 responses to the consultation, and the next steps.

The third bulletin confirms the overarching principles, details the timetable for the roll-out of the National Care Standards, and highlights that the Development Group has launched two short films and a new leaflet to explain more about what the principles will mean for people. 

The fourth bulletin discusses the general standards which are currently being drafted by the Development Group. The draft general and specialist standards will be published in the autumn and this will be followed by a formal 12-week consultation period.

The fifth bulletin highlights the progress of the National Care Standards, including confirmation that a series of short films to help explain what the standards will mean for people. A social media campaign to encourage as many people as possible to participate in the forthcoming consultation will also be launched during the consultation period from 28 October to 22 January 2017. 

The sixth bulletin discusses the closed consultation and states that the consultation summary report will be published in April 2017. Comments received will influence what, if any, changes are required and what the final Standards look like before being approved by Ministers in late spring/early summer 2017.

NCS Review Video

The Scottish Government launched an accompanying video to help clearly explain the National Care Standards review.



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