Scottish Care statement on food shortages during Covid-19

Care homes and care workers across Scotland are facing food shortages. We all know that nutrition is important, so at this critical time we are calling to supermarkets and food suppliers to include social care when they are prioritising access to food and supplies.

Many of our care homes have relationships with local shops who sadly are unable to support them because their own stock is diminished as a result of overzealous ‘stock-pilers’ and other supply chain issues. We heard about one supermarket who insisted on applying a ‘2 items per buyer’ rule despite the shopper needing to buy food for over 50 people.

Our social care workers continue to go above and beyond, working long shifts to support our vulnerable and loved ones in care homes or in their own homes at a time of need. At the end of such a day, they need access to food to provide them, with the energy and nourishment to continue in such a role which is why they must be included in any offering of support.

We are hoping this call will also stimulate networks which could benefit both social care providers and the hospitality industry. Last week in reaction to a supply shortage of hand sanitiser, a movement on social media initiated by Mike Bain of Ardent Spirits led to an overwhelming response by distillers to divert some of their alcohol production to make hand gel. A similar community-led response could mean that local hotels and restaurants deliver meals to care homes. This would mean continued employment for hospitality staff, and that their fridges of food do not go to waste because of social distancing instigated as a result of Covid-19.

Coronavirus has brought out both the best and the worst in people yet it is clear that whilst we are facing many challenges, new connections and collaborations, and our recognition of value will remain. This is time for us all to become part of history and support those most in need.

Karen Hedge, National Director


Covid-19 useful resources



Mother's Day personalised videos - Your Big Day TV

Mothers Day is normally the busiest day in the year for families getting together. Sadly the Coronavirus emergency makes all that impossible this Sunday. Hugs and kisses are right off the agenda. But there is a new way you can stay in touch - by sending one of the special personalised videos Your Big Day has created.  Geared to the date and year your Mum was born or got married (any year between 1917 to 2002), they are ordered online - and delivered online within minutes, for instant viewing on Mum’s mobile or on a care home computer.  Your own personal message (created when you order) appears onscreen at the start of the video.

Staying in touch with older relatives

A BBC article with helpful information on what to consider when using/buying tech to support engagement with older people

No one left behind: Digital Scotland

SCVO-led online community around how to help those digitally excluded. Establishing a national digital emergency response team to find, equip, train & support households who currently lack access to the internet at home due to poverty or vulnerability

Screen usage guide

Covid-19 has meant that most of us are using technology and spending time in front of a screen increasingly. Here is a useful guide with tips to ensure that you take control of your screen time and create healthy habits.



Keeping well and finding support  - Outside the Box

A great selection of resources for supporting community connectedness & mental wellbeing as well as a range of practical resources e.g. for parents & families

Age Scotland website

A guide on practical ways to help older people and helpline information




Expanding the nursing workforce: safe and effective options - Nursing Times

A set of principles to apply to nursing students at this time to ensure safety and standards are upheld


Description of risk categories

Jason Leitch, Clinical Director at Scottish Government, describes different at risk groups and what they should do


Home working and coronavirus spam emails

Advice from Police Scotland on cybersecurity at this time


ACAS advice for employers and employees

Employment information relating to social isolation, sick pay, etc


Business continuity advice - Scottish Enterprise

A list of websites that give useful information on business continuity for employers & businesses

Coronavirus advice helpline for Scottish businesses

A new helpline to supply Scottish businesses with tailored advice on coronavirus. Open Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 17:30, based at Scottish Enterprise's call centre in Clydebank.





Care Inspectorate FAQs

Common questions received by the regulator in relation to Covid-19



Message from our CEO on Covid-19 guidance for community & residential settings

Last week, the Scottish Government, in conjunction with the Care Inspectorate, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Scottish Care,  issued further guidance for social or community care and residential settings on Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our CEO, Dr Donald Macaskill has recorded a vlog regarding this guidance. Please see below for vlog and guidance.


COVID-19 Clinical Consumables Survey

Dear Members,

Scottish Care have been asked by NSS to undertake a risk analysis on the supply chain for clinical consumables  to support contingency planning for the Coronavirus outbreak.  We hope this will help us to identify pathways and procurement opportunities to ensure stock is both available to and best value for the social care sector.

We urgently need you to complete the questionnaire. Please let us know which of the following clinical consumables are hard to source or access, or you are experiencing substantially increased costs in relation to purchasing.

Full list of clinical consumables (click here)