Over the past year, Iriss has been working with the Health and Social Care Standards Implementation Team and the Care Inspectorate, to develop a project that will help build an evidence base to bridge the new standards with practice, in a variety of settings.
The first stage of the project focuses on working with care at home services for older people.
To support this approach, in 2017 Iriss put a call-out to the sector to recruit project partners from local authorities, who could assist us to organise action learning groups with local stakeholders and service providers.
Following this call-out, two partners – East Renfrewshire HSCP and Perth and Kinross Council – were chosen as they showed a commitment to exploring what it means to experience compassion and human rights in professional care relationships, and an ability to recruit organisations who work in care at home services for older people.
Throughout 2018/19, partnership meetings have been set up in each locality, bringing together a cross-section of service providers, commissioners, healthcare services and local authorities. These meetings give the groups an opportunity to work collaboratively, exploring the standards and their services from a human rights perspective.
The Care Inspectorate also have an input at the meetings, providing participants with an insight into the inspection framework and methodology.
By the end of the project in March 2019, each group will have contributed to the shaping of a collective evidence base, that will aim to provide the sector with tangible and practical resources, reflective of our shared learning and the needs of the sector.
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