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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-15986: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 17 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what investments it has made in the last two years to help reduce the number of people under 65 with neurological conditions who are cared for in care homes for older people; what information it has on how many of those people are being cared for in such homes, broken down by local authority, and what further action it plans to take to increase the availability to them of age-appropriate care services.

Answered by: Shona Robison 26 April 2018

We want to ensure that people living with neurological conditions have consistent access to the best possible care and support. The integration of health and social care places a greater emphasis on community-based and more joined-up and anticipatory care which will benefit a wide range of people including people with neurological conditions. Strategic commissioning plans have been developed by each Integration Authority based upon a strategic needs assessment of local people's needs, including people with neurological conditions.

Data regarding how many people with a neurological condition are being cared for in care homes, broken down by local authority, is currently not held centrally. The Scottish Care Home Census is now collating data on the numbers of long-stay residents that have a neurological condition and the first publication of this data will be in Autumn 2018.

Comprehensive assessments, including any specialist assessments for neurological conditions where this has identified as being required, are undertaken prior to people being admitted to care homes and placed there by the relevant local authority/ integration authority. This incorporates a full needs assessment, including clinical needs of all conditions, particularly for nursing care, as well as a financial assessment.

We are currently developing Scotland's first National Action Plan on Neurological Conditions. This work is being taken forward in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders across the neurological community and a draft plan will be published for consultation in Autumn 2018.