It helps us to know if we are getting things right, if we could be doing anything better, and what you may need by way of support. We consult in a number of ways e.g. by hosting focus groups, listening to individual views and sending surveys. Consulting with carers online is another way that we want to hear from you. This might be about carer services locally or it might be to get your views on other things like a national policy.
The consultation on the role of the Scottish Health Council is now underway and is being led by Healthcare Improvement Scotland. Services can only improve when they are informed and shaped by people who use those services, their families and carers, and local communities. The Scottish Health Council is a key part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland and plays a leading role in ensuring that NHS Scotland listens to the views of people and communities and that it acts on those views. They want to hear your views on the future direction of the Scottish Health Council to help them continue to evolve and play a valuable role in ensuring the voice of people and communities remain at the heart of health and social care.
We would encourage you to take part in their consultation and give them your views on the seven consultation questions. Their consultation document (in full and easy-read formats) and access to the online questionnaire can be found by visiting their website:
They are also planning stakeholder engagement events to run in late September. Provisional dates are provided within the consultation paper, and if you would be interested in participating please use the registration links provided on their website.
If you have any queries relating to the consultation, please contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org – paper copies of the consultation document and the questionnaire can also be requested via this email address.
The closing date for responses to the consultation is Friday 20th October 2017.
The National Carer Organisations will be producing a briefing paper on both the regulations and the Carers Charter by mid-August, as well as an online questionnaire. We will be pulling together the responses we receive from our members and carers and submitting these to the Scottish Government.
You may also want to submit your own views – further information, including the consultation documents, can be downloaded from the links below;