The Independent Review of Adult Social Care and the National Care Service (NCS)

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the incredible strengths of community health and social care, but also the real challenges that face the sector. The Independent Review of Adult Social Care, and the subsequent consultation on proposals to create a National Care Service, were undertaken in response to the pandemic to consider how social care in Scotland can be further developed.​

The National Care Service consultation, launched in August 2021, set out proposals for a National Care Service which built upon the recommendations of the Independent Review.  These proposals are wide ranging and may lead to significant structural change within the sector over coming years.  The extent and nature of this is currently unclear.  This means there is a high level of uncertainty over the future structure of health and social care in Scotland at this time.  Our Strategic Plan does not aim to address this.​

However, the Independent Review and Consultation also set out broad principles for the future of health and social care which in our view all stakeholders will support and wish to progress.  We have sought to include these throughout our Plan.​

Principles from the Independent Review and NCS Consultation

  • Support centred around a human rights-based approach

  • Empowering people to engage with their care: choice and control

  • Reflecting the importance and contribution of our workforce

  • Getting it Right for Everyone

  • Continuously improving services and sharing learning

  • Strengthening our focus on preventative approaches



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Focusing on inequalities and human rights throughout our Plan

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