Care Home VAT Restructuring Webinar

Thursday 1 December, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Scottish Care have joined up with Care England to host a webinar on the 1st December from 2:00 -3:00 pm regarding VAT restructuring. We are in challenging financial times due to the lack of local authority funding on top of the cost-of-living crisis nationally. VAT restructuring is a solution to recover input VAT for care homes on local authority and NHS funded resident contracts. Care Homes are currently unable to recover VAT without restructuring, due to the existing VAT exemption in place. Any VAT restructuring to recover VAT as a result is subject to both HMRC and Regulatory approval which has been obtained successfully in the past and equates to an uplift fee equivalent of over 3% to 5%, and is of zero costs the local authority and NHS other than an amendment to their contracts as they can recover VAT charged in full via HMRC, by way of their usual VAT returns.

The webinars are aimed at raising awareness of how care home providers can restructure their organisations to enable VAT recovery on publicly funded contracts. Highly regarded VAT specialist firm, Kieran Lynch will provide an overview of the process and answer any questions or concerns you have. They offer practical support and guidance and will work with you should you wish to look at opportunities for your organisation.  Not all local authorities and NHS bodies currently permit VAT recovery, however, close to 50% do, and as such we see a significant amount of additional funding which can be made available to your organisation to help offset some of the cost pressures providers are facing now. We believe that increasing numbers of request from providers will support the argument for VAT recovery in all local authority and NHS areas.

We hope you will join this webinar and consider if VAT restructuring is something your organisation is keen to consider. This is not a sales opportunity; materials will be shared after the session to those who are interested to contact Kieran Lynch directly.

Please note that Grant Thornton will no longer be attending this webinar, there will be another webinar in the new year scheduled with Grant Thornton. More details to follow.

Please head to our Members Area to register for this webinar.

Launch of the Social Care Campaign

We are delighted to launch the ‘Social Care Campaign’ today (Thursday 24 November 2022). Scottish Care worked with members to produce the ‘Social Care Campaign’. This campaign aims to raise the profile of social care in Scotland, across care homes and homecare. We hope to use the campaign as a positive vehicle for sharing good practice, information and evidencing the sector’s value.

Today, we are seeing a crisis in social care like nothing we have seen before – with workforce shortages, the rising cost of living and other problems which make it increasingly challenging for sustainability.

Now is the time to #careaboutcare. We need your help to get involved in this campaign and #shinealight on the social care sector.

You can get involved by sharing your stories with us (through either written words, video or audio clips), sending letters to MSPs, pledging your support and sharing the campaign with others. We will also be hosting an online lobby day in January – more details to follow.

As part of this campaign, we are producing videos that highlight the positivity of the social care sector. We are currently looking for user-generated content for this (with the appropriate permissions) which highlights the relationships built between care home residents, homecare service users and their care workers and any activities undertaken in the sector. The guide to filming this content is available here. Please send these videos to [email protected].

At the Care Home Conference 2022, last week, we launched a mini care home film – you can watch it here.

Information on the campaign is available at: https://scottishcare.org/social-care-campaign/

Citation Business Briefing – 7 December

Must-attend care event exclusively for Scottish Care members

In partnership with Citation, join us for a free face to face essential care briefing where we’ll share the very best tips and tricks to getting inspection ready and solidify your compliance procedures.

Events Details:

DATE: Wednesday 7th December 2022
EVENT TIME: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
LOCATION: Glasgow Marriott Hotel, 500 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8RR

REGISTER NOW

Citation’s expert speaker, Flora Neville, will cover the hottest topics in Health & Safety, HR and Employment Law and must-knows to consider for your care business.

Plus, we’re delighted to be joined by Citation’s Care Business Manager and former CQC inspector, Mick Feather, who will cover why effective Quality Assurance is so important for driving improvement and share his top tips to assess and monitor your governance processes to prevent deterioration into ‘Weak and Unsatisfactory’ gradings and build a culture of quality and safety.

FIND OUT MORE – RSVP NOW

For more information email [email protected].

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Care Home Conference 2022 – 1 week to go!

Care Home Conference and Exhibition 2022

‘More than four walls’
Friday 18 November 2022
Hilton, Glasgow

Our 2022 National Care Home Conference, Exhibition and Awards will be taking place next week on Friday 18 November 2022 at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow.

This event is titled ‘More than four walls’ and is the 23rd consecutive year of the Care Home Conference. During Care Home Day 2022, Scottish Care posed the question – what do you wish people knew about care homes? The response was clear: that they are more than four walls. This conference aims to change the misunderstandings and misrepresentations in the care home sector and to make real and meaningful change.

The Conference will feature a range of key speakers including: 

  • Humza Yousaf –  Cabinet Secretary for Health & Social Care, Scottish Government
  • Dame Sue Bruce – Chair, Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny & Regulation
  • Jackie Irvine, CEO, Care Inspectorate

We will also hear from the care home perspectives in a number of talks or panels on the themes of the National Care Service, sustainability, and care homes being ‘more than four walls’.

Delegates will be able to choose from a number of creative, practice-based insight sessions and access a diverse exhibition showcasing products and services tailored to a care-home audience.

Ticket rates for Scottish Care members are £70+VAT, for non-members, it is £130+VAT.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of the only conference in Scotland which focuses specifically on care home provision and book your places now.

Find out more and book here

#morethan4walls    #carehome22

Professional Development Award – Technology Enabled Care

NHS Education for Scotland have announced that funding is available for the Professional Development Award in Technology Enabled Care. This is delivered in partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands, Perth College.

The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Technology Enabled Care at SCQF level 7 aims to equip Scotland’s workforce with the knowledge and skills required to embed Technology Enabled Care into health and social care practice while supporting positive health and wellbeing outcomes for people.

Applications will close on Thursday 24 November 2022, 5:00 pm.

Please see flyer below for more information.

Professional Development Award – Technology Enabled Care

NHS Education for Scotland have announced that funding is available for the Professional Development Award in Technology Enabled Care. This is delivered in partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands, Perth College.

The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Technology Enabled Care at SCQF level 7 aims to equip Scotland’s workforce with the knowledge and skills required to embed Technology Enabled Care into health and social care practice while supporting positive health and wellbeing outcomes for people.

Applications will close on Thursday 24 November 2022, 5:00 pm.

Please see flyer below for more information.

General Nursing Council Awards

The General Nursing Council and Margaret Callum Rodger Midwifery Awards provided a charitable contribution to NES Knowledge Network enabling nursing and midwifery practitioners access to eBooks that would support them in the delivery of patient care.

The next round of funding are now open for applications and will close on Wednesday 27 January 2023.

The General Nursing Council are keen to year from care home and social care nurses, so please spread the word via your networks.

Find out more on: General Nursing Council | NHS Education for Scotland

There is also a Sway with the key points of this award, available on: https://sway.office.com/odbuptTzZmqlS4y9?ref=Link

Home Office Webinar – 1 November

Home Office Webinar – Immigration & Recruitment

Tuesday 1 November, 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

Please join representatives from Scottish Care, officials from the Home Office, DWP, REN and a recruitment agency for this 2 hour webinar. This session will provide an overview of the overseas recruitment process, guidance on ethical international recruitment, and examples of best practice.

Please note that this webinar is open to non-members as well. Please complete the form below and we will send you the details to join a day before the webinar.

Home Office Webinar - 1 November 2022