Health and Social Care

New group to help prevent suicide

Lived experience panel announced.

People affected by suicide will join a new panel to inform and educate on the ways to prevent suicide.

The panel will be made up of those who have previously attempted suicide or who have experienced suicidal thoughts and those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

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Tue, 10/09/2019 - 09:13

COSLA interim Health and Social Care Spokesperson to step down

COSLA’s Health and Social Care Spokesperson Councillor Peter Johnston is to return to his role following a period of absence. Councillor Stuart Currie, who had been deputising for Councillor Johnston, finished up his role on Friday.


COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison thanked Councillor Currie for his service:


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Mon, 02/09/2019 - 16:11

COSLA comment on self-funding fees

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Self-funding fees are agreed privately between an individual and the care home.
"It is right that individuals and their carers should be able to exercise choice and control over the service they receive and where they live.
"However we are aware this can lead to variation in how much people have to pay towards their care home placement.


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Fri, 16/08/2019 - 17:00

COSLA and CLD Standards Council sign new Partnership Agreement

The CLD Standards Council and COSLA are delighted to have signed our new Partnership Agreement. The commitment to allow local authority staff time to participate in the committees that drive forward the Standards Council’s work is all the more welcome in the light of the pressures that local authorities across Scotland are facing. It builds on the good practice of many councils who have supported their CLD professionals’ involvement in the CLDSC’s work and provides assurance to others considering involvement that this support will be available.

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Thu, 30/05/2019 - 16:40

COSLA comment on IJBs

Councillor Stuart Currie, COSLA’s Health and Social Care Spokesperson said: 
"Health and Social Care Partnerships are facing significant pressures as demand is increasing and needs are becoming more complex.
"COSLA highlighted this as part of the spending review through our ‘Essential Services’ campaign.
"Investment and reform is required to ensure we have truly integrated services that deliver better outcomes for people and shift the balance of care. 
"The Audit Scotland
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Thu, 11/04/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on Frank's Law

Councillor Stuart Currie, COSLA's Health and Social Care Spokesperson said: "The specific Scottish Government guidance for Free Personal Care has been comprehensively revised by SG working with COSLA and other partner organisations. This has also been referenced and sign-posted in the recently endorsed COSLA Non-residential Charging Guidance.

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Mon, 25/03/2019 - 18:00

COSLA comment on Audit Scotland report on health and social care integration

Councillor Stuart Currie, COSLA Spokesperson for Health and Social Care said:

“As today’s report clearly states, integration is beginning to make a demonstrable improvement to the health and social care system but more needs to be done to realise its full potential. While Audit Scotland raise a number of issues with integration so far, we absolutely recognise these and the report is welcome in highlighting the challenges that lie ahead.

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Thu, 15/11/2018 - 01:01

COSLA comment on Scottish Government Financial Framework

COSLA's Spokesperson for Health and Social Care, Councillor Stuart Currie, said:

"We welcome the publication of the medium term Financial Framework which brings together the financial context for the Health and Social Care system in one place. 

"It is clear Local Government has a vital role to play in securing better health and social care outcomes for our communities. This work is a good first step but highlights that more needs to be done to understand and respond to the financial challenges facing the health and social care system. 

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Thu, 04/10/2018 - 14:30

COSLA comment on National Care Home Contract rate

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "It is not appropriate to compare the National Care Home Contract rate with the figures obtained by CEO of Renaissance Care – doing so does not reflect the reality and the complexity of care home funding.

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Fri, 14/09/2018 - 17:00

COSLA comment on National Care Home contract

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Care homes in Scotland have had unprecedented financial support and prioritisation from Local Government against a hugely challenging financial backdrop.
"COSLA has worked with the sector to develop a care home cost model, linked to key cost drivers, and used to determine the national care home contract fee in a clear and transparent manner that takes account of changes in cost pressures.
"This is just one recent development in councils’ long history of striving to protect care home provision.
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Thu, 13/09/2018 - 17:00