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‘Building our collective care future’

We are all experiencing a new care reality that has emerged from our national, local and individual response to the impacts of COVID-19. Scottish Care is developing a new programme of work that will provide an opportunity for us all to reflect on and share our new care realities, and most importantly, begin to explore what this means for the independent care sector in the future.

COVID-19 has brought about significant change and impact to our interactions with, and experiences of, health and social care. The situation has required a dynamic and adaptive way of working to respond to new and developing information on how to manage the impacts of the virus. Changes to working practices have been rapid and has required an incredible capacity for resilience in the face of overwhelming adversity and uncertainty, and whilst experiencing intensive scrutiny and pressure.

What is important to acknowledge is that the sector’s response to COVID-19 represents a significant amount of change and innovation which in some cases, has completely transformed the care experience. As we begin to engage in reflection on elements of the COVID-19 experience so far, it is important to harness the learning and implications towards collectively shaping the future that we need.

The programme of work led by Scottish Care, aims to build on the learning from COVID-19 to collectively explore this new care reality and work towards shaping a ‘preferable’ care future. To do this, we will support the independent care sector and key stakeholders to share and critically reflect on their experiences in responding to and managing COVID-19 in the context of care homes and care at home. Together, we will outline the emerging themes from our shared care realities and present a vision and pathway towards our collective care future.

In the next few weeks we will be sharing more information of the process and timeline for this piece of work, and how you can be involved. We would like to engage and involve people with different experiences across the sector and are keen to hear from anyone who may be interested at this stage.

To express your interest in being part of the project, please share your contact details and any specific areas you are keen to explore.

For more information on this project, please contact:

Becca Young, Policy & Research Manager – [email protected]

Dr Tara French, Technology & Digital Innovation Lead – [email protected]


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