The Carers' (Scotland) Act 2016 introduces a number of duties to be implemented by the HSCP, to support carers' health and wellbeing and help make caring more sustainable.
The measures and duties introduced by the Act from 1 April 2018, include:
changing the definition of carer - a carer is "an individual who provides or intends to provide care for another individual";
the introduction of an Adult Carer Support Plan (replacing carer assessments) and a duty to prepare one for anyone identified as a carer, or for any carer who requests one;
a duty to prepare young carers' statements;
a duty to provide support to carers that meet local eligibility criteria;
a duty to establish and maintain advice and information services for carers;
a duty to create local carer strategies; and
a duty to involve carers in the hospital discharge procedures of the person they care for.