The consultation on the National Care Standards was published today on the Scottish Government website at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/06/7325 and runs until 17th September.
Almost all of us will use a care service at some point in our lives. This consultation asks you to play your part in shaping the quality standards for services that the people of Scotland deserve.
The National Care Standards were created to help people understand what to expect from services, and services understand the standards they should deliver. There are currently 23 sets of standards covering a wide range of care services, including nurseries and childminders, care homes for older people, housing support services, hospice care and independent hospitals.
There have been many changes since the standards were created in 2002 and this document seeks your views on how the standards should be updated and improved.
The document sets out a range of human rights-based proposals for developing new standards that improve the quality of care and protect vulnerable people.
We believe that there are core elements of quality that should be common across public services. We ask if a shared set of standards for health and care should be developed so that people working in health and care services have a common understanding of what quality means and work to common core values.
An easy read version will be available on the website in the next few days. Braille and audio versions are also available and the consultation paper gives details of how to request these.