Care Inspectorate annual returns deadline extended

Please see below for information from the Care Inspectorate:

Due to the current pressure services may be experiencing, and the restrictions on some services’ ability to operate, we have revised our deadline for services to submit their annual return until Sunday 28 March.  
This provides an additional four weeks for completion.
We are grateful to those services who have already submitted their annual return.

Letter on provision of Vitamin D to care home residents

Please see below for a letter from the Chief Medical Officer which provides advice on vitamin D supplements for care home residents.  The letter confirms that all residents in adult care homes should be assessed for vitamin D supplements (as per local formulary) as part of their regular routine clinical review and that decisions on whether to prescribe vitamin D for care home residents, including those who are shielded, should be taken on an individual basis.

Letter from CMO - vitamin D and care home residents - 21 January 2021

Care Inspectorate agency staff webinars – February

 The Care Inspectorate are inviting All agency staff working in adult and older people care homes to one of their webinars that will be delivered in February 2021.

The webinars are FREE and aim to provide staff with key infection prevention and control information they will need to protect themselves and others in the care home setting.

Current dates:

  • Thursday 11 February 2021 10am-11am
  • Tuesday 16 February 2021 10am-11am
  • Thursday 18 February 2021 11am-noon
  • Tuesday 23 February 2021 11am-noon

Find out more on how to register here.

Collaborative Practice Learning in South East Scotland: sharing ideas and learning from others

Please see below for further details on the South East Scotland practice learning event and how to register.  It’s a free event, and open to anyone, from anywhere, who has an interest in improving student learning experiences in health and social care practice settings.

Collaborative Practice Learning in South East Scotland: sharing ideas and learning from others

Online Event

21 January

13:00 – 15:15

This South East Scotland practice learning event offers an opportunity for us to come together to think about some new ideas for enhancing the practice learning environment and to celebrate the positive benefits of partnership working.  If you’re interested in the practice learning of nurses, midwives and AHPs then you are very welcome to join us! It’s a free event, open to anyone, from anywhere, who has an interest in improving student learning experiences in health and social care practice settings. We have an exciting programme of speakers and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Presentations include:

  • Practice education context in Scotland: Dr Kathy Duffy, Head of Programme for Practice Education and pre-registration at NHS Education for Scotland.
  • Using coaching in the practice learning setting, a strategic & operational perspective: Barbara Foggo, Emma Shepherd & James Wade
  • The Peer Enhanced e-Placement (PEEP) placement model – offering placement recovery and re-imagination: Dr Lisa Taylor
  • The PEF/CHEF team as a PLE: a collaborative approach with ENU: Billy Jackson, Michelle O’Reilly and Ken Dick

If you’d like to attend book here:

Further details of the programme will be sent prior to the event


Social Care Data Forum 3 – notes & resources

We held the 3rd session of the Social Care Data Forum on 3 December 2020, thank you to everyone who attended.

We have developed a paper which follows on from the notes of the previous two meetings, thus concluding this phase of the data forum. The information contained within the papers from the three forum meetings will be developed into a position statement on data for social care.

These notes, along with the session recording and presentation slides are available below.

We also developed a social media template for #datachangeslives, the instructions and template can also be accessed below.

Fever Free Zone Webinar – 14 January

We are hosting a webinar in partnership with Fever Free Zone on Thursday 14th January at 2PM.

Challenges and Opportunites and Risks for the care sector in an era of Public Health Risk:  Protecting  the vulnerable as we emerge into a new normal. Public Health Consultant and Clinical Epidemiologist Dr Paul Nelson presents a perspective on the challenges of the next 6 to 12 months and the likely new normal and offers a forum for discussion. Dr Paul Nelson is a Clinical Epidemiologist and Public Health Consultant leading on the health protection of the Care Home Response for Herefordshire Council and is founder of Fever Free Zone.

Webinar Link:

Webinar ID: 891 3107 5432

Scottish Care member updates over the festive season

In what has been an extremely challenging year with unprecedented change, we appreciate that the festive period will be different for us all this year.  Please see below for information on how Scottish Care will continue to support members between Christmas and New Year. 

Many members of the Scottish Care team at both national and local level will be taking a short break over the festive period.  Where possible we will seek to continue to update the Members Area with important information relating to COVID-19 and/or EU Exit.  However, we strongly encourage members to regularly check the following websites for up to date information: 

Please also continue to make use of the Discussion Boards within the Members Area to connect with fellow members for advice and updates. 

The Scottish Care office will be closed from 5pm on Wednesday 23rd December 2020 and reopens at 9am on Tuesday 5th January 2021.   

The office phone will additionally be covered, for urgent matters only, on: 

  • Thursday 24th December 20209am – 4pm 
  • Tuesday 29th December 2020: 9am – 4pm 
  • Wednesday 30th December 20209am – 4pm 
  • Thursday 31st December 20209am – 4pm 
  • Monday 4th January 20219am – 4pm 

We wish you, your colleagues and everyone you support a peaceful festive period.  Thank you for your ongoing hard work and commitment to quality care, and we look forward to providing further support to you in the New Year.  

Updated care home visiting advice – Level 4 restrictions 26th December

Care homes visiting – new guidance issued

Please find below new guidance issued to the sector on 22 December 2020.

Further to the announcement by the First Minister on Saturday outlining that mainland Scotland will move to Level 4 from 26th December, the Scottish Government has issued updated guidance to the sector on care home visiting and visitor testing while in Levels 3 and 4.

22 Dec 20 Letter re Care Home visiting – New Level 4 Restrictions 26 Dec

Please note that the care homes visiting guidance and visitor testing guidance pages will also be updated shortly to reflect this new advice.