The National Care Standards were created in 2002 to help people understand what to expect from care services and help services understand the standards they should deliver. A great deal has changed in the way that care services are planned, delivered and scrutinised since the standards were introduced, and there will be further changes in the future.
The Scottish Government is now reviewing the standards and asking for views on developing new standards that improve the quality of care and protect vulnerable people. They want to develop overarching standards, based on human rights, which set out the core elements of quality that should apply across all health and social care services.
The consultation closes on Wednesday 17 September 2014. A copy of the consultation is available on the Scottish Government’s website at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/06/7325
Voluntary Health Scotland has submitted a response to the consultation – Access the VHS submission here: