15 people sought to help shape future of adult social care support

Up to 15 people from across Scotland are being sought to help shape the future of adult social care support in Scotland.

The People-led Policy Panel project, a project run by Inclusion Scotland, is being funded by the Scottish Government to make sure that people are at the heart of good decision making as they are the experts in their own experiences.

“We are looking for 15 people from across Scotland who represent all the different ways that people use adult social care support to join our Policy Panel.” said Inclusion Scotland’s Lisa Ehlers.

At this time, we are particularly welcoming applications from people who need social care support with certain additional lived experiences:

  • Young people or young carers aged 18-28 who use adult social care support or have supported someone who uses adult social care support from a young age
  • Deaf, Deaf Blind, deafened, hard of hearing or visually impaired people who need or use adult social care support.
  • People with experience of Dementia either as an unpaid carer/supporter or a person with Dementia.
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)supported people or unpaid carers who use adult social care support
  • Supported people/ unpaid carers from different faith groups
  • Supported people and unpaid carers who  identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Non-binary or Intersex (LGBTQI+)
  • Supported people and unpaid carers who have recent experience of pregnancy or maternity
  • Supported people and unpaid carers who live in the Western Isles, Orkney, Shetland or other remote island community.

The Policy Panel regularly meets with the Scottish Government, and other decision makers, to co-produce Scotland’s proposed National Care Service. We are looking for new members to contribute to our bi-monthly meetings on various aspects of the new National Care Service including eligibility criteria, advocacy and transitions.

The main purposes of this new role are to:

  • Share your experiences of using or trying to use adult social care support in Scotland.
  • Put forward ideas and solutions to issues raised about adult social care support.
  • Respond to policy ideas that the Scottish Government or other agencies want to get your feedback on.
  • Help us design and promote a new way of working that can be used by decision makers in Scotland to shape policies and services in Scotland.

Inclusion Scotland are seeking applications, by 4 October 2023, from people who are 18 years or older who have received, are receiving, or have been unable to access adult social care support in Scotland. This might be people using social care services or their unpaid carers. Information about the People-Led Policy Panel can be found on the Inclusion Scotland website: https://inclusionscotland.org/disabled-people-become-a-leader/people-led-policy-panel

To find out more and download the role description and application form: https://inclusionscotland.org/disabled-people-become-a-leader/people-led-policy-panel/plpp-recruitment-2023

You can also request an application form, contact April O’Neil, Leadership and People-led Policy Worker.


Email: april@inclusionscotland.org

Phone: 0131 370 6718