Independent review of adult social care
The RCN response
Our submission focused on the following issues:
- Commissioning needs to move away from a system focused on cost, to a system focused on outcomes
- As the acuity of social care recipients is on the rise, registered nurses are increasingly vital to services
- Whatever funding model and model of delivery of care is established needs to ensure staffing is safe, effective and able to provide high quality care
- Nursing staff should receive the same pay, terms and conditions as their NHS counterparts.
The outcome of the review
The Independent Review into Adult Social Care was published on 3 February 2021.
The review makes 53 recommendations, including the creation of a National Care Service accountable to Scottish Ministers and significant reform to the process of commissioning of social care.
It emphasises the importance of prevention and the need to deliver on the commitment to assist people to stay in their own communities as long as possible.
On the social care workforce, the review proposes a nationally negotiated, minimum set of terms and conditions which will be a requirement for commissioning, as well as a national forum comprised of workforce representation and employers to advise on workforce priorities and terms and conditions.
The review raises a number of questions which will need further discussion and work. What is clear is that if implemented, these recommendations would represent the most significant reform of adult social care to date.
We have produced an initial briefing on the review for members.
RCN Scotland will be engaging with this process and with the Scottish Government to ensure that the voice of nursing is heard in the reform process.
If you would be interested in being kept up to date about adult social care reform, including opportunities to help shape RCN Scotland work in this area, please get in touch with Ross Sanderson, Policy Adviser via email at email@example.com
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