Scotland Excel

25 Sep 2018

Social Care Consultation

Consultation workshops for the new care homes for adults with learning disabilities framework.

Care Homes for Adults with Learning Disabilities

Scotland Excel is renewing its care homes for adults with learning disabilities framework and is inviting people who use these services and other stakeholders to consultation workshops this October.

The framework was first developed in 2014 in response to the Scottish Government’s Keys to Life Strategy which recommended that a national procurement arrangement should be put in place to improve the quality and consistency of care home support for people with learning disabilities. It is predominantly used to purchase care home services for people who have profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) including autism who choose a care home as the most appropriate way to meet their outcomes.

Available to 31 Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs), the framework covers 21 care providers and brings a range of benefits to all stakeholders. It promotes a partnership approach to the delivery of services, and focuses on supporting the achievement of personal outcomes, life choices and improved wellbeing to deliver choice and control for people with learning disabilities. 

According to figures from NHS Scotland, over 1500 people still live in care homes for adults with learning disabilities either for a long or short time.  The new framework will align with a recent review of the Keys to Life strategy and, as with the previous contract, will be developed in consultation with people who use the services, local authority and health service practitioners, and the providers of care home services.  

The new framework will encourage all providers of care homes for people with learning disabilities to participate in the framework to maximise choice and provide transparency on services and pricing.  This will help people with learning disabilities and their carers decide whether a care home is right for them and which service may best meet their outcomes. 

Scotland Excel is holding workshops to consult on the new framework which are open to all stakeholders who have an interest in this area, including people who use care services, their family or carers, social care and health practitioners and care providers.  The events, which will take place in Glasgow and Edinburgh on the 8th and 9th of October, will look at the service specifications required to support positive outcomes for people using care home services.

For further details and to register, please visit:

Places are a limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis.  Information about the event is also available in easy read format.

You can also submit you views on service specifications for the new framework by email to

Outcomes identified as important by people with learning difficulties for our current framework may be helpful for shaping your submission. Responses should be submitted by Friday 12 October 2018.