Care Futures – Launch of ‘Social Care Mosaic’ for 2021

Make it your New Year’s resolution to share your aspiration for a positive social care future 

 In November 2020, we developed the concept of a ‘Social Care Garden’ through our Collective Care Futures programme as a way to imagine and share our vision for the future of social care in Scotland. This was included as part of our What If & Why Not’ submission to the Independent Review of Adult Social Care. We are now taking this a step further by inviting people to be part of this collaborative vision for the future to capture our collective aspirations. To do this we are curating a ‘Social Care Mosaic’ for our Care Futures Garden.   

Through the ‘Social Care Mosaic’ we aim to capture the imaginations of the people of Scotland to better understand the values of social care and generate collective action to support the wishes and dreams people have for this context for the future. We intend to create a dedicated online space on the Scottish Care website to share these anonymously. We would appreciate your support in getting our mosaic started. 

We invite you to share your ‘tile’ for our mosaic by sending us a virtual postcard: 

You can also take part in Phase 2 of our programme where we are continuing to collectively build a vision for the future that enables wider dialogue around key actions, people and infrastructure required to enable change.  

Help us build an aspirational vision, by taking a couple of minutes to share your ambitions for the future of social care: 

Find out more about the Care Futures programme here.

Updated guidance – Financial support for social care providers from December 2020

Please note the guidance regarding financial support for social care providers for COVID-19 from December 2020 to 31 March 2021 has now been updated to include additional material on payments to support staff movement and payments to support additional administration required by care homes as a result of COVID-19.

The new version of this guidance can be accessed on the webpage:


What’s your positive future for social care?

We are delighted to launch Phase 2 of Scottish Care’s ‘Collective Care Future’ programme. The programme has been building on the learning from COVID-19 to collectively explore the future of social care. Phase one focused on understanding the pandemic experience across the independent social care sector. We produced a series of emerging insights and developed a futures perspective paper, ‘What if and why not?’, shaped by our engagements from Phase 1.

In Phase 2 we are continuing to collectively build a vision for the future that enables wider dialogue around key actions, people and infrastructure required to enable change. We have collaborated with AndThen, a design strategy studio, to design Phase 2 where we hope to support diverse groups to imagine possible and positive futures resulting in a tangible and engaging output to help facilitate action and change.

There are lots of ways to be involved in Phase 2:

Help us build an aspirational vision, by taking a couple of minutes to share your ambitions for the future of social care:

And/or take part in a 2-part futures workshop which will take place in January 2021. Sign up to the workshops here: Care Futures Phase 2 Engagement Sessions – Scottish Care

Look out for further updates and engagement opportunities early in the New Year.

For more information visit:

Or contact: [email protected]

Help to ensure the people you support have their voices heard in reform processes

The “People at the Centre” project is funded by the Scottish Government and led by The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE), working with the Care Inspectorate and Scottish Care.

People at the Centre would like to invite adults who live in Care Homes or who access Care at Home support to share their recent experiences of health and social care and wellbeing, and also to offer their suggestions about how health and social care support and services can improve now and in the future. Feedback will be used anonymously to form part of a report for the Scottish Government to inform decisions about changes to health and social care support.

We would value your assistance in supporting adults who live in Care Homes or who access Care at Home support to have their voices heard as part of the project while understanding that this is a challenging time for care providers and staff to support engagement activity.

Participation in this engagement is entirely voluntary and materials have been developed to support people to take part and staff to support in as flexible a way as possible.  This includes a range of methods – a telephone conversation, short survey or hard copy form – for people to share their views.

We would also value input from carers, relatives and friends of people who live in Care Homes or access Care at Home support. This can be done by supporting the individual to get involved themselves or by sharing views and experiences on their behalf.

Full information and downloadable resources can be found here – Engagement activity for adults who live in Care Homes or who access Care at Home support – People and Networks (

Participation is possible up to 7th December 2020 and your support to help people to take part by this date would be very much appreciated.

Report on the findings from Scottish Care Sustainability Surgeries

Thank you to all of our providers who participated in the sustainability surgeries.

We are pleased to now share the report of these sessions.  The report explores care providers experience of local mobilisation funding and the social care staff support fund.

The report has been shared with the Short Life Working Group working to review routes to financial sustainability.

Scottish Care continues to raise the issue of financial stability as a matter of urgency given the key role which social care plays in pandemic response for the whole of health and social care.

Scottish Care Sustainability Surgery Findings


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Financial support for covid-related costs in social care – survey

Scottish Care has published a survey on financial support for covid-related costs in social care. This survey is designed to provide intelligence on the sector’s experience of and need for financial support for pandemic response. We will use this data to provide evidence for further support if the results show this is what is required.

Please take the time to complete the survey, which can be accessed by clicking the button below.

The survey will be open until close of play Friday 16 October.

Access the survey here –

Occupational Risk Assessment Tool – updated clarification

On Friday September 18 the Care Inspectorate issued a Provider Update featuring information on the COVID-19 occupational risk assessment tool. It has come to their attention that the information provided was out of date and they have therefore included a clarification below:

The Scottish Government has provided additional guidance on the risk and vulnerability assessment process in relation to the specific risk of COVID-19 to individuals in the workplace.

In particular, this is relevant to those staff members who are returning to work after shielding, those who are returning to normal duties after COVID-19 related restrictions, those who are returning to the workplace after working from home or anyone who has a concern about a personal vulnerability to COVID-19.

The tool can be used to assess the risk and enable employers to support staff by introducing suitable controls. The assessment tool allows the employee to complete an individual risk assessment with their manager using the COVID-19 occupational risk assessment tool. This will support staff and managers to agree a course of action on working duties. The tool can be found at the bottom of the guidance linked to above.

Further guidance on COVID-19 individual risk assessment for the workplace can be found here.

Information and guidance for care homes version 1.7 – 17 September 2020

The Health Protection Scotland ‘Information and guidance for care homes’ Guidance resource has been updated as of 17 September 2020.  The most up to date version is Version 1.7.

This version includes the following changes:

1 Measures to prevent spread of COVID-19 and protect people at increased risk of severe illness: advice updated
1.2 Spread of COVID-19 in care homes: information updated

3 Providing care to residents during COVID-19 pandemic: advice updated and link to outbreak checklist added
4 Shielding in care homes updated
6 Admission of individuals to the care home: advice updated
7 Testing in care homes: advice updated
9.1 PPE: addition of extended use advice
15.2 Minimise external staff: updated
15.3 Enabling staff to follow key measures described in this guidance to prevent viral spread: information updated of staff support funding
15.4 Staff who have contact with a case of COVID-19 at work: advice updated
15.5 Staff testing: screening logistics update
15.6 Staff who have recovered from COVID-19: advice updated, including for asymptomatic PCR+ and significance for visiting
16 Personal or work travel: advice updated
17 Visiting care homes: visiting advice updated
19 Death certification during COVID-19 pandemic: updated
Annex 1: non-healthcare setting additions updated
Appendix 1: HPT contact email addresses added
Appendix 3: advice updated

The Guidance should be accessed here –

Social Care Worker Toolkit – Seasonal Flu


Flu is serious and with Covid-19 around, it is more important than ever to get the flu vaccine.

The seasonal flu campaign will launch on October 1st with a mass media campaign including TV, radio, digital, press and social activity, with the above core theme.

With increased eligibility this year a social care worker toolkit has been developed which providers will hopefully find useful and share with colleagues and contacts.

A social media video asset covering both health and social care workers is also being developed.  It will be available in the next two weeks and added to the links above; highlighting to these groups their vital role in getting vaccinated early to protect themselves and others, including those in their care, and to help the NHS avoid the pressure that a spike in seasonal flu would put on top of COVID-19.

On the social care toolkit there will be a film from Professor Jason Leitch speaking directly to health and social care workers, asking for their support.