The Chairs of the Community Engagement Guidance Working Group – Nicola Dickie (Chief Officer – Health and Social Care, COSLA) and Professor Craig White (Deputy Director, Scottish Government) – have announced the publication of Planning with People, Community Engagement and Participation guidance. This should be implemented with immediate effect and will now replace CEL 4.
The Community Engagement and Participation Guidance has been produced by representatives from across health and social care and is co-owned by the Scottish Government and COSLA. This guidance applies to all care services and promotes working with people as equal partners whilst embedding consistency, culture change and collaboration.
It is identified within the recommendations of the Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland that it is vital that the voices of people who require to use services, carers and the public are heard in shaping and developing health and social care services in Scotland. Meaningful and sustained engagement practice will ensure that a person-centred approach is undertaken in the planning and delivery of services.
The guidance will support the delivery of existing statutory duties for engagement and public involvement. It sets out how members of the public can expect to be engaged and the guidance is designed to complement and strengthen organisations’ existing engagement strategies.