Scottish Social Care Nurses Network Conference – 7 March 2023

The first-ever Scottish Social Care Nurses Conference will be taking place on Tuesday 7 March 2023 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow. This event is  hosted by Scottish Care and the Scottish Social Care Nurses Network, in partnership with the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS).

This is open to any nurses working in social care or supporting social care. Attendees will get to hear from a number of keynote speakers and choose from different breakout sessions, including:

  • Namaste
  • Twitter and all that jazz – how to become an influencer in your sector
  • Palliative care
  • Future nursing models

The programme for this conference is available below.

Registration is required, please complete the following form if you are interested in attending:

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T34 Pump Guidance

Please see below for guidance on the use of T34 and the different models.

The battery life was as short as 24 hours but they may not have been withdrawn, A decision was made to issue them only in hospitals, where a battery could easily be replace. Version 2 is to be used in community settings.

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:

Dementia and Covid-19: Medication Support

The Scottish Government have contracted the Care Inspectorate to look at the prescribing, use and review of psychoactive medication in care homes during the pandemic. This work will commence in a few months and will involve only a sample of care homes.

As your Transforming Workforce Lead, I am keen this work will inform future supports that are needed for people in the sector, including staff.

Dr David Marshall, Senior Improvement Adviser (Pharmacy) at the Care Inspectorate said “I am delighted that Dr Jane Douglas [Scottish Care Transforming Workforce Lead (Nursing)] has agreed to represent the sector at the report writings stage of this project”.

We are all aware of the impact on the sector caused by recent national investigations into operations during Covid-19. We also recognise the potential for stress with any such medication work. However, I am assured that the thrust of this work is about looking at the legitimate appropriate use of psychoactive medicines, and that the methodology used will keep operational impact to a minimum.

The beginning of Covid-19 presented particular challenges for all working in the care sector, including the necessary suspension of many of the normal services and supports that we receive and that we can offer. Understanding the relationship between the COVID-19 virus and the impact it had on care services and on those living with dementia, especially during the first wave, is crucial.

Following engagement with people living with dementia and their carers, the government produced their Dementia And Covid-19 – National Action Plan.  More information on that can be found at the link below.

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.

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


NES Year in Review – 2021

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) has recently published their year in review, in which shares some of their  key achievements during 2021. This is done through a timeline format takes you through the year, highlighting some of their  successes along the way. You can access this on:

This illustrates 16 key areas that reflect the breadth of NES’s work including some lesser known activities. Also featuring case studies which showcase collaboration with partners and the impact of their work beyond the NHS. As part of this, our Transforming Workforce Lead, Dr Jane Douglas has written a piece and filmed a video on promoting care home practice placement to student nurses. Check it out on: