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S5W-11310: Gail Ross (Caithness, Sutherland and Ross)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 14 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what it can do to encourage private care firms to set up in areas of increasing need, in light of NHS boards making arrangements to shift the balance of care from acute services to care at home.

Answered by: Shona Robison 26 September 2017

The Public Bodies (Scotland) Act 2014 places a duty on each Integration Authority to produce a Strategic Commissioning Plan which sets out how the Integration Authority will plan and deliver services for their area over the medium term, using the integrated budgets under their control.

A range of activities are involved in developing the Plan, including: assessing and forecasting needs, linking investment to agreed outcomes, considering options, planning the nature, range and quality of future services and working in partnership to put these in place. Within this process a Market Facilitation Plan, which is a summary of the key requirements to meet current and future demand, should be developed, clearly stating the level and type of services required. Based on a good understanding of need and demand, market facilitation is the process by which strategic commissioners ensure there is sufficient, appropriate range of provision, available at the right price to meet needs and deliver effective outcomes.

We are also committed to improving the status of working in the care sector to ensure current and new care sector businesses have an efficient workforce pool and attract and retain the right people and developing people in their roles. To take this forward we will be working to develop and implement the social care section of the National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan.

We have also taken steps to improve recruitment and retention in the social care sector and make it a more attractive career option. This included enabling adult social care workers in Scotland to be paid the real living wage of £8.45 per hour from 1st May this year.

We are also working with partners across social care to deliver a major programme of reform to adult social care, which will consider workforce issues and new models of care and support.