Health and Social Care

Publication of national plan to improve workforce planning

New actions will be put in place to ensure people get the right care, in the right place, and at the right time – supporting them to live as independently as possible.

The National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan sets out how the Scottish Government, COSLA, and social care partners will work together to develop new ways of recruiting nurses and care workers, and improve national and local workforce planning.

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Fri, 15/12/2017 - 11:05

COSLA rejects CMA appraisal of the Scottish Market as inaccurate

Cllr Peter Johnston, COSLA Spokesperson for Health and Social Care stated:

“I am deeply disappointed that the CMA report has misrepresented the specific circumstances of Scotland and in particular, the financial context for Scottish care homes, by applying a generic analysis across the whole of the UK.  

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Thu, 30/11/2017 - 17:00

COSLA comment on activity levels

A COSLA Spokesperson commented:

“Scottish Councils provide a range of opportunities to support children and young people to be active. We also work with key partners such as Health and charitable organisations to maximise the resources available to young people and their families.

"We remain committed to improving the health and wellbeing of every young person in our community”.

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Mon, 27/11/2017 - 17:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO BIELD CLOSING CARE HOMES ACROSS SCOTLAND

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "This decision has been taken by the Provider because of the long term unsustainable nature of the business model. Local Partnerships are considering how to ensure continuity of high quality care for residents in the different localities affected.

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Thu, 12/10/2017 - 12:33

COSLA COMMENT ON CAMPAIGN FOR FREE/CONCESSIONARY TRAVEL FOR CARERS

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Councils are committed to supporting carers flexibly, so that they can continue their caring role and have a life alongside caring. Given the squeeze on public sector funding it’s vital that every penny spent is invested where it can have maximum impact. Concessionary travel for all carers, irrespective of their income or the amount of care they provide, may not represent the most effective use of the limited resources we have available to support carers – especially where we aim to target resources towards those carers in the greatest need.

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Sat, 09/09/2017 - 16:00

COSLA COMMENT ON AUDIT SCOTLAND REPORT

Councillor Peter Johnston COSLA’s Health and Well-Being Spokesperson said: “COSLA welcomes Audit Scotland’s report which highlights the scale of the challenge councils and Integration Authorities are facing and acknowledges we are being asked to deliver transformational change against a backdrop of increasing demand and tighter budgets.

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Wed, 23/08/2017 - 23:01

IT'S TIME WE PROPERLY VALUE OUR COMMUNITIES AND RE-THINK SOCIAL CARE

By Councillor Peter Johnston, COSLA Spokesperson for Health and Wellbeing.

"Today sees the publication of a report by Audit Scotland which finds that a new care model is ‘not yet achieving its full potential’.  

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Wed, 23/08/2017 - 23:01

COSLA RESPONSE ON CARE HOMES STANDARDS

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “COSLA welcomes the Care Inspectorate figures which show that standards in care homes have been increasing steadily over the past three years. However, and despite this steady improvement, we recognise that there is still room for some improvement.

"We are working with providers, Integration Authorities, the Scottish Government, and other key stakeholders on a programme of reform to begin to address these challenges and to ensure that the substantial resources being invested in care homes goes into improving quality and outcomes for people.

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Tue, 01/08/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO LABOUR LAUNCH OF NHS WORKFORCE COMMISSION

A COSLA Spokesperson today said: “We note the establishment of the NHS and Social Care Workforce Commission and will view their findings with interest. It is important to note that the workforce which provides care and support does not work exclusively for the NHS, but also for Councils as well as independent and third sector providers from whom Councils and health and social care partnerships commission services.”

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Fri, 21/07/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE ON NATIONAL CARE HOME CONTRACT

"A COSLA Spokesperson acknowledged that there are issues across the whole of health and social care in recruiting and retaining staff that Local Government are committed to working in partnership to resolve.

"The National Care Home Contract fee is paid to care homes providing residential and nursing care for publicly funded residents and is negotiated annually between providers led by Scottish Care and commissioners led by COSLA. 

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Mon, 17/07/2017 - 16:00