A new National Care Service for Scotland

The Scottish Government launched the National Care Service consultation in August 2021 – paving the way for significant changes within adult social care services across Scotland. 

The consultation seeks views on adult social care services as they are at present, and the creation of a comprehensive health and social care community service that supports people of all ages. 

The aim is to have local delivery boards which will work with the NHS, local authorities and the third sectors to plan, commission and deliver the support and services that people need. People with lived experience of care and support will sit on these boards alongside local elected members and professionals. 

A new, revigorated delivery system is needed to achieve the full potential of social care support in Scotland so that it's seen as an investment in society – and a more effective vehicle to support independent living.  

The commitment is for the National Care Service to be operational by the end of this Parliament (March 2026). 

What does this mean for blind and partially sighted people?

There is a need to amplify the voice of lived experience at every level of the potential redesign, so that the new system is informed by consultation with the people most likely to use its services. 

We are therefore seeking direct views from people with sight loss – and their family, friends, carers (paid and unpaid) – about their experiences of social care support in Scotland. Your views will be included in our formal RNIB Scotland consultation response to the Scottish Government. The deadline to send us your views is Friday 22 October 2021.

How you can share your views with us

There are a variety of ways you can contact us:

  • Filling in the form below which will be sent directly to us

  • Email us at [email protected]

  • Send us a direct message via Facebook or Twitter

  • Call our Senior Policy Officer, Laura Jones, directly on 07841 006 793. 

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