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.

Scottish Care member updates over the festive season

In what has been an extremely challenging year with unprecedented change, we appreciate that the festive period will be different for us all this year.  Please see below for information on how Scottish Care will continue to support members between Christmas and New Year. 

Many members of the Scottish Care team at both national and local level will be taking a short break over the festive period.  Where possible we will seek to continue to update the Members Area with important information relating to COVID-19 and/or EU Exit.  However, we strongly encourage members to regularly check the following websites for up to date information: 

Please also continue to make use of the Discussion Boards within the Members Area to connect with fellow members for advice and updates. 

The Scottish Care office will be closed from 5pm on Wednesday 23rd December 2020 and reopens at 9am on Tuesday 5th January 2021.   

The office phone will additionally be covered, for urgent matters only, on: 

  • Thursday 24th December 20209am – 4pm 
  • Tuesday 29th December 2020: 9am – 4pm 
  • Wednesday 30th December 20209am – 4pm 
  • Thursday 31st December 20209am – 4pm 
  • Monday 4th January 20219am – 4pm 

We wish you, your colleagues and everyone you support a peaceful festive period.  Thank you for your ongoing hard work and commitment to quality care, and we look forward to providing further support to you in the New Year.  

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:


Updated care home visiting advice – Level 4 restrictions 26th December

Care homes visiting – new guidance issued

Please find below new guidance issued to the sector on 22 December 2020.

Further to the announcement by the First Minister on Saturday outlining that mainland Scotland will move to Level 4 from 26th December, the Scottish Government has issued updated guidance to the sector on care home visiting and visitor testing while in Levels 3 and 4.

22 Dec 20 Letter re Care Home visiting – New Level 4 Restrictions 26 Dec

Please note that the care homes visiting guidance and visitor testing guidance pages will also be updated shortly to reflect this new advice.

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


Download report

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 –

Announcement on updated adult care homes visiting guidance – 12 Oct 2020

Today (12 Oct) at the daily briefing, the Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport announced the publication of updated guidance on visiting in adult care homes.

In her announcement, Ms Freeman MSP highlighted that care home residents and loved ones wanted to see changes to visiting restrictions, and that Scottish Government had been working closely with Scottish Care and others on a staged approach to reintroduce visiting in care homes as safely as possible while COVID-19 remains in Scotland.  In doing so, they were trying very hard to balance health of residents with quality of life.

The updated guidance provides additional advice to care homes to better balance safety with need for greater contact.  It provides greater flexibility for indoor visiting in particular.

Easing measures within the guidance include:

  • Extending indoor visits from 30 mins to up to 4 hours
  • Outdoor visits extended to up to 6 visitors from no more than 2 households for up to 1 hour at a time
  • Increased personal interaction including holding hands

The guidance also provides more clarity & visibility for essential visits. Essential visits should be supported generously, and care homes can draw on local support to implement these where necessary.

The guidance also sets out that visits can be enabled from spiritual care professionals, hairdressers, pets and therapets, and also allows for some gifts and resident belongings to be brought in.

As before, to implement these measures care homes must be COVID free for 28 days and must be taking part in the weekly staff testing programme

The Scottish Government will continue to keep the guidance under review, but this guidance hopefully provides some opportunity for greater & more meaningful contact.

The guidance and accompanying documents, including a letter from the Cabinet Secretary to care homes, can be accessed here: 


Scottish Care statement on updated visiting guidance:

Everybody is working hard to ensure that care home visiting can be sustained, particularly indoor visits.  The measures announced in the guidance today have been considered by the Clinical Group to be safe but it should be recognised that unfortunately, easing of existing restrictions won’t be able to happen everywhere – for instance in areas with additional restrictions – and also won’t be able to be implemented overnight.  We very much welcome the increased visiting flexibility that this guidance provides but it will require real partnership activity between Public Health, care homes and relatives.  The sector must also be supported, most crucially in sorting out testing to ensure it is reliable and that results are received promptly.  Care homes continue to work hard to keep people safe and connected to loved ones, and this announcement must be supported by the wider population continuing to follow FACTS advice as well as other national and local guidance.

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.