The Care Inspectorate is developing a new inspection model for services for adults, with an initial focus on older people. This builds on the learning from the pilots for multi-agency joint inspections of services for children, which began in summer 2012.
This multi-agency model is being developed taking account of the Government’s health and social care integration bill, which was recently out for consultation. The bill aims for agencies to work in a more integrated way to provide services for the public.
A few years ago, multi–agency inspections of older people’s services in Tayside and Forth Valley were carried out in partnership with the local authorities, NHS boards and voluntary services.
This has proved valuable experience as Rosie Lawrence, Senior Inspector explained: “We learned a lot from these and are now looking to develop a model with our health and social care partners.
“We will begin with joint pilot inspections with Healthcare Improvement Scotland in three localities.
“We will then roll out the inspections during 2013.”
The Care Inspectorate will continue to regulate and inspect care services. It will use the information gathered about the quality of services to inform the joint inspection model.
There will be more of a focus on early intervention policies to support adults and older people.