Project Description

Paul Edie, Board Chair, Care Inspectorate Scotland


The new Health and Social Care Standards came into effect in April 2018. The new Standards replace the National Care Standards and are now relevant across all health and social care provision. They are no longer just focused on regulated care settings, but for use in social care, early learning and childcare, children’s services, social work, health provision, and community justice.

The Scottish Government published Health and Social Care Standards: My Support, My Life in June 2017. The Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland led a development group that co-produced the new Standards, working alongside people using services, providers and other agencies. For more details on how the new Standards were developed, visit

The new Standards set out what we should expect when using health, social care or social work services in Scotland. They seek to provide better outcomes for everyone; to ensure that individuals are treated with respect and dignity, and that the basic human rights we are all entitled to are upheld.