Date lodged: 18 April 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides local authorities to ensure that they do not commission 15-minute personal care visits.
Answered by: Shona Robison 10 May 2018
Everyone in Scotland who requires care is entitled to receive a high quality service that is focused on their outcomes. We are supporting local authorities and Health and Social Care Partnerships in moving away from 'time and task' care towards outcomes-based support plans.
There are some circumstances where short visits are appropriate, such as providing medication prompts, and these should be in line with delivering for people's outcomes.
In 2018-19 an additional £66 million, compared to 2017-18, is included in the local government settlement allocations to support social care.
This will take the Scottish Government’s overall package of additional direct investment in social care and integration to over £550 million in 2018-19.