The SNAP Health and Social Care action group has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the New Health and Social Care Standards.
Over recent years the Scottish Government, with support from the Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland, has been revising the twenty three sets of outcome measuring tools used to assess health and social care services. The process intended to pull together a new set of national standards, as a framework for registration and inspection of individually registered care and health services.
The consultation response:
- Welcomes the Scottish Government’s ambition to adopt a human rights based approach in relation to the new standards and highlights some opportunities to strengthen the way that human rights concepts and language are embedded throughout the standards.
- Outlines the importance of the concept of proportionality and calls for it to be more fully reflected across all of the standards, not only under some standards that apply only in certain settings
- Proposes the FAIR approach as a model which could be used when developing a human rights based inspection and scrutiny framework, to accompany the new standards