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

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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.

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For more information email [email protected].

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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.

Partners for Integration Event – CANCELLED

In light of the sad news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as a mark of respect, we will not be going ahead with the Partners for Integration Event – Future-proofing ethical and collaborative commissioning and procurement by sharing areas of best practice. This online event was due to take place next week on Thursday 15 September.

Our thoughts and condolences are with the Royal Family and everyone who knew and loved her at this very difficult time. We will make an announcement to any future arrangements regarding this event once we are able to.

Scottish Care Annual Report 21/22

Our Annual Report for 2021 – 2022 was published at today’s AGM (16 June 2022)

We are pleased to share this Annual Report and encourage you to give it a read. This report reflects and evidences the work and efforts of the Scottish Care team over the past year, during what has been a challenging time for the social care sector.

This report is divided into two different sections:

The Activities and Achievementssection provides a business overview of Scottish Care: our aim and objectives, strategic priorities, and additional workstreams. It also covers what we have achieved over the past year, outlining the activities of our strategic priorities and workstreams.

The Finance and Governance‘ section gives detailed reporting of our financial performance and outlines our approach to overall governance via the Executive Committee and other representative groups.

You can access the two sections of the Annual Report using the buttons below.

Thank you and we hope you enjoy reading the report.

Scottish Care

Concerts for Carers

We are excited to share a fantastic and brand new benefit with all of our Scottish Care members which we think you will love!

First of all a few questions? Do you love live music? Do you love going to concerts? Would you like to go for FREE?

If the answer to any of these questions is YES then we have the best new benefit for you to sign up for TODAY!

Concerts for Carers is an amazing charity that provides FREE tickets to carers across the country!  All you have to do is register, pick the concert you want to go to, your name will be put in the digital “hat” and if you win, you get to go to the concert of your choice for FREE! The only cost to you is £4.50 for a booking fee and this all goes to fund this incredible charity and gives it the ability to offer this amazing benefit to carers everywhere!

We have an exclusive update for members that Concerts for Carers has just received a large allocation of tickets to the Big Top Edinburgh Series which kicks off this Saturday at Royal Highland Centre. Featuring Madness, 50 Cent, Fatboy Slim and more! The events will be up on the website shortly.You can find out more about Concerts for Carers via the flyer below.

We also recently hosted a webinar with Concerts for Carers and we were delighted to be joined by Harry Gywnne, Events & Marketing Executive, who spoke to members on how Concerts for Carers work and how they can register. The recording of this webinar is now available to view.

Leadership sessions for senior/strategic leaders in social care

Please see below for fliers from SSSC for two separate workshops for senior/strategic leaders in social care and social work.

The first is an informal two-hour Peer Support and Reflective Practice session which is designed to bring people together to reflect on, and share, their leadership experiences and learning from the past two years, thinking about how this learning can be used to support themselves and others going forward.  Eight of these sessions will be delivered between now and the end of March 2022 and group sizes will be limited to eight to allow for meaningful discussion.  Participants would only need to attend one session.

The second session is a more focussed Leading in a Crisis workshop where participants will be supported to consider in a bit more depth what’s needed to successfully lead with compassion during a crisis and to reflect on personal leadership capability, including strengths and areas for leadership development.  These will be three-hour sessions and they will be delivered in March 2022.  Again group sizes will be limited to eight and people would only need to attend one session.

The sessions are being delivered by Kinharvie, have been funded and commissioned by the Scottish Government, and are being supported by the SSSC.  If you’re interested in attending any of the sessions, please note interest using the email address noted in the fliers and they willl get back in touch to confirm your place and with further details.  The sessions will be delivered online via Zoom.

Staff joining social care to have fees waived

SSSC registration and PVG checks to be funded.

New staff joining the social care workforce are to have entry costs paid by the Scottish Government until the end of March.

Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) checks and Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) registration will now be funded to help encourage more staff into the profession and address winter staffing pressures.

The scheme starts today and will include staff taking up direct care posts in adult social care, along with comparable roles in children’s social care services and the justice sector.

It has been introduced following discussions with COSLA and will cover local authority, private and third sectors.

Social care minister Kevin Stewart said:

“Care workers have been absolutely critical to our pandemic response, giving vulnerable people the care they need and avoiding further pressure falling on the NHS.

“This trial aims to assist easing winter pressures in this sector by removing any financial barriers that may stop people from applying for a rewarding career in care.

“There are  significant pressures in social care due to high vacancy levels and increased demand. I hope this support will encourage those considering joining this vital workforce to go ahead and do so.

“We will continue to work closely with our partners to identify all possible ways we can assist the social care sector to aid recruitment and retention within the workforce at this critical time.”