Scottish Care Awards Hints & Tips Webinar – 16 August

The Scottish Care Awards are the perfect opportunity to recognise and celebrate the best of the independent social care sector. We typically hold an Awards Ceremony for finalists and winners twice a year – Care at Home & Housing Support in May and Care Homes in November. Awards entries are open a few months before the Awards Ceremony.

If you don’t know where to start or need help filling out a nomination, don’t worry! We are holding a Scottish Care Awards Hints & Tips Webinar on Tuesday 16 August, 2:00 – 3:00 pm for all members to find out more about how to submit a successful awards entry!

Our Deputy CEO, Karen Hedge, will be going through the application and the judging process. We are also hoping to be joined by some successful awards applicants to talk about their experiences and how winning the Scottish Care Awards has impacted them.

This is your chance to come along to ask questions and get all the hints and tips to being successful in the awards. Don’t miss out and join us for this webinar session!

Entries for the Care Home Awards are currently open until 5:00 pm, Monday 5 September, so if you are considering entering, come along to this webinar to get all the information you need! Find out more about the Care Home Awards here.

Details to join the webinar session will be available in the Members Area.

If you have any questions about the Awards, please get in touch with us at [email protected].

Serial Prescribing in Care Homes

Residents who live in care home settings are now eligible to register with a community pharmacy and participate within the new Medicines: Care and Review (MCR) service. MCR has three key elements – medication review, provision of pharmaceutical care and serial prescribing. The service is well embedded into daily practice for people who do not live in a care home setting, however, it is a new concept for care homes and required feasibility testing to help support potential change in medication management processes.

Five health boards have been participating in a pilot to test the application of serial prescriptions (SRx) in a care home.  The pilot has successfully demonstrated that SRx can be used within care home settings and has provided improvements in communication between the care home, the GP practice team and community pharmacy. In addition, it has also resulted in reduced interim prescription requests and a reduction in unnecessary pharmaceutical waste/drug returns.

A SRx is a prescription that may be supplied to people who have a long-term condition(s) and will remain valid for up to 56 weeks, with items dispensed in accordance with a dispensing frequency defined by the prescriber. The main differences between a repeat prescription and a SRx are that the person does not need to reorder a prescription each time an item is required. This brings a fundamental change to how prescriptions are managed within the care home for residents with stable medication regimes for long term conditions.

SRx is supported by electronic messaging (ePharmacy system) between general practice and the community pharmacy. GPs will receive notification on the next working day after an item is dispensed; this notification will update the GP patient record as well as the patient’s Emergency Care Summary (ECS).

As SRx is underpinned by the ePharmacy system, it is important that if a care home is considering using an electronic MAR system in its service, the new eMAR should be compliant with the Scottish ePharmacy processes.   Each health board has an ePharmacy facilitator who can offer advice if needed.

The national project team is now working to expand the pilot to other health boards in a controlled and supported manner as we continue to test in new scenarios whilst aiming to achieve the same positive results and gather real time intelligence that will be shared to support the wider network as this programme rolls out.    We look forward to your support in this process to improve the medicine system for the benefit of residents and staff.

2022 Care Home Awards – Open for entries!

We’re delighted to announce that the 2022 Care Home Awards are now open for entries!

Scottish Care would like to invite you to enter your company, staff and residents for this year’s awards. Please help us recognise the work of fantastic staff and providers whilst also giving positive visibility to this often neglected sector.

There are 13 award categories, including:

  • Ancillary & Support Staff Award
  • Nutrition & Eating Well Award
  • Meaningful Activity Award
  • Training, Learning & Staff Development Award
  • Emerging Talent Award
  • Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Leadership Award
  • Palliative & End of Life Care Practise Award
  • Nurse of the Year Award
  • Care Worker of the Year Award
  • Specialist Service/ Unit of the Year Award
  • Care Home Service of the Year Award
  • Positive Impact Award

Find out more about the awards and submit your nomination here.

Award entries close on Monday 5 September 2022, 5:00 pm.

The award ceremony will be held on the evening of Friday 18 November at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow. More details to follow.

Summer Bulletin 2022

This year’s Summer bulletin has now been published online and is available to view.

We will not be sending out physical copies of the Bulletin due to Covid-19, this edition is in a digital format instead.

We are in the process of redesigning our quarterly Bulletins. If you have any feedback or ideas of what you’d like to see in the Bulletin, please get in touch at [email protected]

Job Opportunity – Independent Sector Lead: Glasgow

INDEPENDENT SECTOR LEAD – Glasgow

PARTNERS FOR INTEGRATION 

SCOTTISH CARE 

 Health and Social Care Integration  

 £45,829 per annum – 21 hours per week pro rata

Fixed term contract funded for one year – in process of securing a further 2 years funding (3 year post) 

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 Glasgow.  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.

Glasgow is a progressive partnership and invests heavily in this post and the Independent Sector.

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

To request an application pack, please contact Tracy Doyle at Scottish Care by email [email protected] or to discuss this post please contact Janice Cameron by email [email protected]

Closing date 12pm on Monday 22nd August 2022.  Interviews will be held by video conference – week commencing Monday 5th September 2022 (date(s) to be confirmed). 

Workshop invitation and survey – using algorithmic and AI tools in health and social care

The growing use of algorithms and AI tools to support delivery of care – for example, risk assessment tools, monitoring tools, and tools to support capacity management –  has implications for learning and workforce development at all levels. Scotland’s Digital Health and Care Strategy sets out an objective to “equip our staff with the ability to understand and interrogate data-driven recommendations and decision support tools, including those powered by Artificial Intelligence.”

DHI Scotland and NHS Scotland are now offering two opportunities for you to contribute your perspective on these learning and workforce development needs. They would really appreciate hearing your views by:

  1. Completing this short (10-15 minutes) Questionnaire survey
  2. Joining the virtual workshop “Using AI and algorithms with confidence”  11.00 am – 1.00 pm on 23rd August.  This workshop brings together leaders in the field to share their expertise and insights. It is a great opportunity to learn from experts in the field and to contribute your perspective on developing the workforce to realise the full benefits of these tools. The workshop programme is available below and you can register here using this booking form.
Workshop invitation using AI and algorithms learning needs

Job Opportunity – Independent Sector Lead: Perth & Kinross

INDEPENDENT SECTOR LEAD – Perth & Kinross

PARTNERS FOR INTEGRATION 

 SCOTTISH CARE 

 Health and Social Care Integration  

 £45,829 per annum – 35 hours per week

 Permanent contract subject to funding and annual review 

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 Perth & Kinross.  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.

Perth & Kinross is a progressive partnership and invests heavily in this post and the Independent Sector.

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

To request an application pack, please contact Tracy Doyle at Scottish Care by email [email protected] or to discuss this post please contact James Carle by email [email protected]

Closing date 12pm on Friday 19th August 2022.  Interviews will be held by video conference – week commencing 29th August 2022 (to be confirmed). 

Advancing Care Home Practice Funding Opportunity

Funding opportunity – for managers of care homes, lead nurses in care homes, (open to nurses, AHPs and managers working in care homes).

Scottish Government have agreed to fund 5 places for the Advancing Care Practice Post Graduate Certificate. We are really keen to seek applications for this funding to undertake the course with Queen Margaret University.

If you are interested in applying for the course and would like to be considered for one of the funded places, please note your interest via email to [email protected] by Monday 8 August.

For information

Advancing Care Home Practice flyer July 2022

 

Parksprings Care Home Activities

Residents at Parksprings Care home in Motherwell have been busy taking part in different activities.

Easter Competition

Residents and staff participated in an Easter competition.  Their Chefsmade an Easter cake and the residents had to make some meaningful Easter decorations to go with cake and earn the chef extra points.  Everyone all participated  for 4 weeks creating wonderful Easter pieces, stunning cakes. This was some fantastic team work which was something that residents enjoyed enormously. Stacey then won with her cake (pictured below) and everyone was delighted for Stacey’s win.

Memory Spinners

Residents were invited to work with the cast from Scottish Opera for 8 weeks to train and rehearse an Opera.  Participating and helping to create the opera together.  Residents go every week and sing, dance and learn the show with the help of staff.

Gondoliers Opera 

Scottish Opera invited our resident to train in acting, singing and performing in a live opera. Through 8/10 weeks opera training and creating arts and crafts, designing and making all the props required for the stage and for the show.

On Monday 20th June – Gondoliers was performed live in front of friends and family – It all came together with the orchestra playing everyone performing and having fun even getting the audience involved.  Magnificent and an extremely proud moment for the residents and families.

A DVD is produced and later on in the year the residents who performed will be asked back for a Film Premier on the big stage at a Venue to thank each and everyone for an amazing 10 weeks The residents get to keep a copy to share their memories with families and with the grand children for years to come.

Cinderella Pantomine

Cinderella Panto was filmed as residents recreated the amazing panto with new technology – through music therapy group Nordoff Robbins.  Its a first in this field and the results are incredible. Its only residents from the home that acted and achieved their goals.  The residents were all film stars and enjoyed every moment making their very own film. Everyone should proud of they have achieved.

Lingo Flamingo French Lessons

Residents participate in French lessons everyone week with Lingo Flamingo. This covers a wide selection of French topics and uses sensory, body parts, places and crafts for each lesson.  The residents even wrote a song with instructor Judith in French and sang the song with actions at the graduation achievement day.

Plans are for residents who choose to do a Diploma in French in August 2022 through a pilot scheme run by Lingo Flamingo.

Ice Skating and Go-Cart Racing

Residents love going ice skating with the staff and just to be on the ice with the great atmosphere makes it incredibly entertaining for everyone.  They go ice skating regularly and its always fabulous.

One residents likes to have fun and at 100th Birthday her wish was to go go-cart racing and she had a wonderful time.  Dodgem cars was then another wish which she achieved. This was picked up by the press as well as a lot of our Parkspring’s news stories. This resident was then asked to open the Glasgow Fayre as it was celebrating 100 years.

Mozart’s Don Giovanni Opera

Residents from Parksprings attended the Mozart’s Don Giovanni Opera at the Theatre Royal Glasgow  – its a special production for people living with Dementia.

Everyone had an amazing time even one residents alarmed at the stars dress on the floor getting dirty so she had to pick it up for her.  They both bonded at that moment and had a great time.  Families and staff also attended this amazing Opera.

Gardening

Gardens are so important to Parkspring residents so they go shopping together to purchase new equipment from the residents choice and then working together to create their garden to enjoy and share with loved ones.

Guitar Lessons

One  residents has a love of the guitar but never managed to have the opportunity to learn so Parkspring’s staff organised guitar lessons for him at the care home . Now every week he is living his dream.

Hymn Writing

There is an amazing lady living at Parksprings who has started to write Hymns and sing them.  Religion is so meaningful to her that this gives her so much pleasure and local churches are looking forward to receiving the hymns with music to share with their congregations.