We are working with the Care Inspectorate on a new resource to promote, maintain and develop compassionate care across the social care sector.
We are keen to engage with a range of partners to co-create whatever support the sector needs to see compassion flourish. What this looks like will come from those experiencing care and support as well as those delivering it at all different levels and colleagues in the Care Inspectorate and the SSSC.
Compassion is one of the underpinning principles of the new Health and Social Care Standards. The Standards are radically different in focusing on the quality of caring relationships rather than traditional tangible input measures. For the first time in a national scrutiny framework, the Standards begin to articulate what compassion and kindness look and feel like for people experiencing care. We know there is already a great deal of positive work happening out there in services so we’d like to hear your stories about good compassionate care. If you can give one example of kind and compassionate care what would it be?
The stories you share with us will be the starting point, we will develop some of them into a resource the sector can use to guide improvement. We will also use these stories to celebrate what is already happening and to help us see where we can work with others to develop practice. We are looking for examples from all types of registered services and providers from the independent, voluntary and statutory sectors, from early learning and childcare to care homes for older people.
The resource needs to be both practical and inspiring for the greatest number of people so we are looking for stories from the length and breadth of Scotland, rural as well as urban settings and deprived as well as affluent communities. We cannot guarantee we’ll include all examples, as we are looking for a spread featuring a range of service types.
We will publish the resource online and hope to include film. We’d appreciate it if you could share this call across your networks.
Please send your stories to the Compassionate Care mailbox, you can also contact the team at the same address if you have any questions or would like more information:firstname.lastname@example.org
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Scottish Social Services Council