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  • New Health and Social Care Standards

    Created: 04/04/2022

    Fife Health and Social Care Partnership has received a letter this week from Kevin Stewart the Minister for Mental Health and Social Care regarding the publication of two new Health and Social Care Standards.

    These new Standards have been developed with sector representatives and they set out the expectation that people living in care homes should have the right to see someone, even during an outbreak, and be able to name a person or persons who can directly participate in meeting their care needs.

    Implementation of these new Standards will enable care homes to build on existing good practice in supporting residents to maintain meaningful contact with the people who are important to them.


    • The new Health and Social Care Standards can be found here.
    • Accompanying Care Inspectorate guidance will soon be available here.

    Extract from the letter:

    “People living in adult care homes and their loved ones are undoubtedly among those hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. I would like to thank you all for the exceptional work and the steadfast commitment you have made, and continue to make, to help maintain and maximise meaningful connections, particularly during the Omicron wave, and prepare for the launch of the new Standards.

    I very much look forward to working with you in their implementation and building upon the success of the existing Health and Social Care Standards and our recently expanded named visitor guidance. Together we will continue to support the aims of Anne’s Law for people in care homes and their loved ones right now.

    I hope that you will join me in warmly welcoming the introduction of the new Standards as an important milestone in delivering on the Scottish Government’s commitment to strengthening visiting rights for residents in adult care homes.”

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