The Scottish Government is conducting a review of the National Care Standards and is currently consulting on proposals.   The National Care Standards, last updated in 2002, were put in place to enable people to understand what to expect from care services and for providers to understand the standards they should meet in the provision of care services.

The Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland use the National Care Standards when they inspect the quality of care of healthcare providers, particularly that which is provided in hospitals.  The Standards also underpin the Scottish Social Services Council’s Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and for Social Service Employers.

GCVS has prepared a briefing outlining the purpose of and background to the review. National care standards review briefing