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Greater co-operation between the housing, health and social work sectors will allow more people with community care...
Greater co-operation between the housing, health and social work sectors will allow more people with community care needs to live at home, said Scottish housing minister Calum MacDonald.

New draft guidance on Modernising Community Care - The Housing Contribution covers a range of issues surrounding the planning and delivery of community care, including:

strategic planning

client assessment

hospital discharge arrangements

options for staying put

housing management

Issuing the guidance for consultation, Mr MacDonald said:

'Housing agencies have a key part to play in community care and it is vital that they are involved at all stages, from the development of joint strategies to the delivery of care. They must work with those in the health and social work sectors to co-ordinate their efforts and meet people's specific needs.

'The draft guidance issued today maintains the momentum of recent initiatives aimed at improving quality of life for people with community care requirements and is the latest piece of a much larger jigsaw. I hope everyone consulted will take the opportunity to contribute their own ideas and help us achieve our fundamental goal - enabling people with community care needs to live at home wherever possible'.


1.The purpose of the guidance is to overcome administrative obstacles to co-operation between housing, health and social work agencies. It is intended to good practice guidance for both senior and fieldwork staff and although aimed primarily at those in the housing sector, is also relevant to health and social work agencies who work with the housing sector to provide care, particularly at home.

2.The draft guidance complements and expands on The Scottish Office 1994 circular Community Care - The Housing Dimension which advised on an inter-agency approach to housing and community care. It is also consistent with Modernising Community Care - An Action Plan, jointly launched by Mr MacDonald and Scottish health minister Sam Galbraith on 26 October, and the Scottish Homes policy paper on care in the community published in August.

3.The draft guidance has been issued to housing, health and social work agencies with an interest in housing and community care. It has also been sent to COSLA, Scottish Homes, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

4.Consultation is due to end on 28 February 1999.

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