New standards and inspections

The new national care standards, the Health and Social Care Standards, have now been published. We encourage social care and social work providers and leaders to think now about how they will be used. We expect all care services and partnerships to use these from April 2018 in planning, commissioning and delivering services.

You can read a letter from the Care Inspectorate about this expectation here.

We are now developing a new scrutiny model for care services, which will start with care homes for older people from April 2018 and roll out to other care service types after that. We will post more information on this page about what we are planning and testing soon.