Health and Social Care Standards

The Health and Social Care Standards: My support, my life, were published by the Scottish Government in June 2017 and came into effect on 1 April 2018.

The new Standards set out what we should expect when using health, social care or social work services in Scotland.

They aim to make health, social care and social work services better for everyone so that every person is treated with respect and dignity and their human rights we're all entitled to are upheld.

The standards and outcomes set out in the Health and Social Care Standards have been developed as a result of two acts:

The Standards are built upon 5 principles - dignity and respect, compassion, be included, responsive care and support and wellbeing.

The Standards

The Health and Social Care Standards are:

  1. I experience high quality care and support that is right for me
  2. I am fully involved in all decisions about my care and support
  3. I have confidence in the people who support and care for me
  4. I have confidence in the organisation providing my care and support
  5. I experience a high quality environment if the organisation provides the premises

The outcomes related to each of these standards may mean different things in different care settings. You can read more about these outcomes in the publications provided below.

Publications

This information is also available as a PDF document and different formats - including audio, e-book and easy-to-read.

Print-ready versions are also available.

New Health and Social Care Standards - Further information and downloadable PDF's

Scottish Government - Health and Social Care Standards: My support, my life

Scottish Government - Health and Social Care Standards: Easy read