Care Home IPC Manual Webinar – 28 October

We are hosting a webinar with our Transforming Workforce Lead, Dr Jane Douglas and Jackie Dennis, Senior Improvement Adviser (IPC Focus) from the Care Inspectorate to discuss the Care Home IPC Manual. This webinar is scheduled for  Thursday 28th October, 2:00 pm.

This webinar will help members better understand the process of the IPC Manual & Cleaning Schedule. This session will be in a meeting format to allow members to interact with our speakers and to ask any questions. We are keen to find out how members are getting on with the manual and what they might find difficult.

If you have any questions for this webinar session please send to [email protected].

Details to join this session will be available on the Members Area shortly.

Achieving net zero is the future – actions to take now for a greener business

Net zero. Make it your business.

As we all race to tackle the climate crisis, reducing carbon emissions and achieving net zero is the future – for our planet, and for your business.

Scotland’s enterprise agencies and public sector partners offer a wide range of support, guidance, and funding to businesses looking to begin or progress their journey to net zero.

We all need to take action now, and we’re here to help. Visit netzeronation.scot/business to access all of the resources you need to take the next step.

Take action for a greener business

Here are the top 5 actions your business can take to reduce emissions to help tackle the global climate emergency and work towards achieving net zero.

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Funding for your net zero project

Loans up to £100k are available to help you pay for energy and carbon-saving upgrades in your business. You could also receive a cashback grant of up to £20k.

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Upskill your workforce

The Green Jobs Workforce Academy from Skills Development Scotland can help people take a greener approach to their careers. Packed full of learning and training resources, it can help your workforce acquire new skills and adapt to greener jobs.

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Financial Harm/Scam updates

We have been sent updates on financial harm/scams that we thought would be useful to share with members/colleagues. Please see below for links to these updates.

Annes Law Consultation Session for Care Home Members

Anne’s Law: proposals for adults living in care homes to maintain family and friendship connections 

The Scottish Government are holding a consultation on the introduction of ‘Anne’s Law’, to ensure that people who live in adult care homes have rights to see and spend time with the people who are important to them.

Find out more about the Scottish Government proposal here.

Scottish Care are inviting care home members to a consultation session on this on Thursday 21st October, 2:30 – 3:30 pm. We encourage members to join and give feedback on this proposal to allow us to draft an official response for the Scottish Government’s consultation.

Details to join will be available on the Members Area. Please contact [email protected] if you have any issues accessing this area.

Please note that this session will be recorded.

‘Building Compassionate Connections’ – Bereavement Charter Webinar (3 Nov)

Building Compassionate Connections | A Webinar on Bereavement 

Wednesday 3rd November, 13:30 to 15:15 (via Zoom)

The Group which developed the Charter is holding the second in a series of webinars exploring different elements of death and bereavement as part of To Absent Friends Week.

Full programme can be viewed below.

Register your place here.

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Media release: Five Nations Care Forum Communiqué – 11 October 2021

Five Nations Care Forum Communiqué 11 October 2021 

Leaders of care associations in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland met in London on 4 and 5 October 2021, for the first time since the start of the pandemic. http://www.fivenationscareforum.com/

Reflecting on the invaluable role of our care workforce in making a positive difference to the lives of others, and on their vital contribution to economic growth, we renewed our collective commitment to improving their working lives.

Throughout the darkest days of the COVID19 pandemic, care workers kept going, focusing relentlessly on the safety and well-being of others.

Now there is requirement for Governments to engage with this vital healthcare workforce to ensure they are positioned to focus relentlessly on investing in them.

In Scotland and Wales, careworkers have each been given bonuses of £500 or more in recognition of their outstanding commitment during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Northern Ireland there is commitment to do the same. The Governments of England and the Republic of Ireland have declined to acknowledge the exceptional contribution of the care workforce. Whilst the bonuses have been very much appreciated by careworkers, one-off payments of this nature do not solve underlying issues.

Increasing pay, terms and conditions of employment for the workforce, so they are on a par with equivalent roles in State-provided health services is a priority. The pandemic should signal an end to the discrimination applied by Governments towards employees in the independent and voluntary sectors who are fulfilling vital roles in caring for older and disabled people at home or in the community.

News of the Scottish government’s announcement on 5 October 2021 that wages of careworkers in Scotland will rise from £9.50 per hour to £10.02 per hour, equivalent to Band 2 healthcare assistants in the NHS, was warmly welcomed and heralded as a lead other Governments in the UK and Ireland should follow.

A recommendation by the Low Pay Commission to increase the UK’s national legal minimum wage to £9.42 per hour, which will likely be accepted by government, is another step in the right direction for UK healthcare providers. But these are far more than minimum wage jobs and we need to go further to attract, retain and develop a talent pool for the future. Irish representatives emphasised the critical requirement to review pay levels in the sector.

Recent analysis by the Health Foundation suggests we need over 600,000 additional careworkers in the UK in the next decade to meet needs, on top of the 1.5 million we already have. Over 20,000 healthcare assistants alone will be required to meet demand for services in Ireland in the next ten years.

As a society, we must recognise and fairly reward the enhanced skills and experience required by careworkers to support highly dependent older and disabled people with complex health and social needs.

There is urgent requirement to invest in training and upskilling care workers in social care. Careworkers and managers must be trained in numerous areas including medicines management; frailty; reablement; dementia care; end-of-life care; catheter and stoma care; wound care; care of people with specific conditions such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, epilepsy, autism and learning difficulties. They must understand safeguarding; infection prevention and control; falls prevention; food hygiene; health and safety; and fire regulations. They also require skills in leadership, management, finance, marketing, planning, customer relations, communication, influencing, negotiation, conflict resolution and de-escalation. And increasingly they are also expected to be experts in technology solutions in care. These roles are not just about helping people get out of bed or cooking.

If the United Kingdom and Ireland are going to shift towards higher wage, higher productivity economies, and reduce inequalities, it is essential to focus on the social determinants of health, rather than just healthcare per se. Social care plays a pivotal role in improving the way we all live our lives.

International evidence shows there is a direct relationship between healthy life expectancy and GDP per capita. And that the tradable economy cannot function effectively without a strong foundational economy.
Investing in our care workforce is a key part of investing in our health and wealth as nations.

The Five Nations Care Forum calls on the Governments of the UK and Ireland to:

  1. Fund social care adequately so that careworkers are paid fairly for the skilled roles they perform, and at least on a par with equivalent public sector roles.
  2. Support development of an expert-led workforce strategy for social care and a 10-year workforce plan, aligned with the NHS People Plan in the UK. In Ireland, the Government’s Health Service Capacity Review and ESRI projections emphasise the urgent need for stakeholders to bring together a workforce strategy, with shortages in homecare workers already manifesting across the country. The Government must also publish the terms of reference for the Social Care Workforce Advisory Group announced by Minister Butler at the HCCI conference last week.
  3. Recognise current national needs and regional variation in demography and workforce and explore placing social care on the Shortage Occupation List.
  4. Create a professional register for careworkers in England, in line with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Registration of careworkers needs to be adequately funded and carefully implemented. In Ireland, regulation of homecare must remain a Government priority and bring better State resourcing for homecare workers.

Business Support Updates – 29 September 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19): vaccine certification scheme – information for businesses and event organisers

How the vaccine certification (or COVID passport) scheme will operate and what venues, businesses and event organisers need to do. The new regulations come into force at 5am on Friday 1 October 2021.

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Improving ventilation to tackle COVID-19

Business premises will be able to access a £25 million package to improve ventilation and reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission.

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Grants for tenants in rent arrears

The grants will help tenants who are struggling financially as a direct result of the pandemic, allowing them to reduce or pay off their rent arrears. They will be available to tenants in both the private and social rented sectors.

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Virtual event: Scottish Business Week – 18-22 October 2021

Discover a virtual festival of Scottish business. No matter the size or sector of your company, you’ll get advice, guidance and inspiration as you prepare to build a brighter future. Choose from a variety of events, webinars, expert panels and masterclasses on topics such as selling online and business start-up advice.

Register to attend

Migration Advisory Committee Engagement Session – 7 October

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) have been tasked by the UK Gov to carry out a review of immigration procedures as they affect social care. They are engaging with all the devolved administrations in the UK and now want to hear from you, our Scottish Care members and speak with you on matters of immigration, recruitment and retention issues.

We are holding an engagement session on Thursday 7 October, 2:00 pm on Zoom for members to feedback to colleagues from MAC. Please join this session.

Details to join this session will be available on the Members Area of this website. If you have any issues accessing this area at all, please contact [email protected].

Job Opportunity – Independent Sector Lead: Angus

INDEPENDENT SECTOR LEAD – Angus

PARTNERS FOR INTEGRATION AND IMPROVEMENT

SCOTTISH CARE

Health and Social Care Integration

£44,494 per annum – 35 hours per week

Fixed term contract funded till March 2025

Do you have an interest in improving the quality of care, can you COLLABORATE, INNOVATE AND COMMUNICATE, and would you like to join a successful, committed and highly motivated team? This could be the opportunity you have been waiting for.

We are seeking to engage an Independent Sector Lead to support the Integration of Health and Social Care in Angus.  Hosted by Scottish Care and working closely with care providers and partners, the post involves ensuring sector involvement in the delivery of the integrating of health and social care in Scotland’s HSCPs

The post holder must be highly motivated, be able to use initiative, possess excellent communication and networking skills, demonstrate success and experience working at strategic level with policy makers, providers, regulators, people supported by services and carers. Qualifications and experience at a senior management level would be a significant advantage.

The post holder will be expected to create and support significant collaborations across the independent care sector while contributing to the development of new care pathways which will result in the delivery of improved outcomes for people who access care and support. The post holder will ensure the Independent sector’s contribution is fundamental to integrated services and transformational change and be able to evidence their impact. The role requires considerable and skilful collaboration with our key partners in the NHS, Local Authority, Carers, third sector organisations and other forums.

The post is home based with travel where necessary, based and is hosted by Scottish Care.

To request an application pack, please contact Tracy Doyle at Scottish Care by email [email protected]

Closing date 12pm on Friday 22nd October 2021.  Interviews will be held by video conference – 28th or 29th October 2021 (to be confirmed).