This Scottish Care survey is aimed at getting providers initial thoughts so these can inform the development of any new framework

As part of this year’s National Care Home Contract settlement, Scottish Care, COSLA and the Scottish Government made a joint commitment to Reform of the NCHC, as part of the wider reform of Social Care.

The NCHC has provided a degree of stability to the sector over the past 10 years, and has also formed the basis of a strategic partnership between the providers, commissioners and policy makers at a national level. At the same time, given the progress of Health and Social Care Integration and the changing landscape of care, there is a need to ensure we have a Care Home framework and process in place which is fit for purpose going forward.

The Reform Agenda includes:

  • Responsiveness to local Strategic Priorities, local capacity requirements, and local market conditions
  • A focus on innovation and new models of care
  • A re-examination of the cost of care home provision to provide the basis for sustainability and investment
  • An appraisal of local commissioning and procurement options
  • Greater emphasis on service user choice and control

The Reform work is underway with the goal of having the key elements of a new framework available for consultation by the autumn. Central to this is having a clear picture of stakeholders’ views on how the existing NCHC has worked and what they think most needs to change. This is an exercise, nationally and locally, that everyone has to feel part of.

This survey is therefore aimed at getting providers initial thoughts, so these can inform the development of any new framework. Please take the opportunity to tell us what you think.

The survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/nchcreform

There is a strict deadline of Monday 4 July for this survey.  There will be no extension beyond this so please ensure you complete it as soon as possible.