Health and Social Care

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

COSLA RESPONSE ON RCOT WARNING ON SCOTTISH HEALTH AND CARE

Councillor Peter Johnston COSLA’s Health and Social Work Spokesperson said: “We would absolutely agree with the Royal College of Occupational Therapy’s assessment that something has to be done to prepare the social care system for the future. Recent reductions in public funding, coupled with increasing demand for more complex care as more people live for longer, mean the truth of the matter is that without significant additional investment our system will not be sustainable. 

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Wed, 12/07/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE ON SELF-DIRECTED SUPPORT

Councillor Peter Johnston COSLA’s Health and Wellbeing Spokesperson said: “Self-directed Support represents a monumental change to the way social care services are designed and delivered, and this is a change which cannot be delivered overnight. The most recent Scottish Government statistical publication acknowledges this, stating that SDS will take many years to fully embed. It’s therefore important to be clear that the publication draws on data that is almost three years old, and which relates to just the second year of SDS implementation.

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Wed, 12/07/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO AGE SCOTLAND PRESS RELEASE

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Local authority social care services are coming under increasing pressure as the number of older people requiring care is growing, with their needs becoming more complex.

"Councils have to manage this rise in demand within the context of decreasing public funds. This inevitably creates challenges for our health and social care system and councils are working hard with their partners in Integration Joint Boards to assess risk, prioritise needs, and target the resources we do have in a fair and transparent manner."

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Mon, 24/04/2017 - 16:00