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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-02305: Margaret Mitchell (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what plans are in place to ensure the successful implementation of the duty in the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 to invite unpaid carers to be part of the hospital discharge process, and whether this duty will be piloted.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 14 September 2016

There are currently some very good examples of successful carer involvement in the discharge process however, this local good practice needs to be Scotland-wide.

As part of the wider pre-commencement programme for the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, we have commissioned a mapping exercise across Scotland to identify carer involvement in hospital discharge. This will be considered against evidence of what works. The National Carer Organisations will be involved in the mapping and subsequent follow-up work. We have also discussed plans with the Allied Health Professions Directors Scotland Group and will be doing so with other professional groups. We have been seeking the views of carers too.

Going forward, there is likely to be an emphasis on workforce development to support carer involvement in hospital discharge. The statutory guidance for the Carers Act and revised hospital discharge guidance will include carer involvement in hospital discharge. I will be considering a possible pilot as part of the wider pre-commencement programme.