What is adult social care?

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Grassmarket Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row, Old Town, Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH1 2QA

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What is adult social care?

This is a question we are all struggling with as demand for services increase and expectation about what social care can deliver is high.

Social Work Scotland as the professional leadership body for social work wants to have this conversation with you and we invite you to participate in a discussion with us aimed at framing and focussing the debate around adult social care in Scotland.

Our Community Care Standing Committee is going to relaunch at this event where we will tackle some of the fundamental questions we are currently debating in our own areas; we’ll give them a national airing before inviting people to continue the conversation, if they wish, in our committee.

We are passionate about the power of supporting and caring for people who are frail, have learning or physical disabilities, mental ill health, sensory impairments or who are vulnerable members of our communities. We know the huge and positive difference getting the right support and care to people at the right time and in the right way makes.

We will debate and discuss:

  • What do adults who need care and support want and how do we know?

  • What do we mean by adult social care? Who gets it, when; and who pays?

  • How do we deliver truly personalised support and care?

  • How do we deliver transformational change in a climate of reducing budgets?

These are the questions we need to start to unpick and we are much stronger doing it together.

Speakers include:

  • Chair, Elaine Torrance, President of Social Work Scotland

  • Joanna MacDonald, Chair of the SWS Community Care Standing Committee

  • Scottish Government

  • The Kings Fund (inv)

  • NHS Chief Executive

  • Stephen Pennington – Managing Director, Highland Home Carers

Updates will be sent out as others are confirmed

You should attend if you are:

Chief Social Work Officers, Chief Officers, heads of adult social care, providers and key partners.


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