Job opportunity – Technology and Digital Innovation Lead

SCOTTISH CARE REQUIRES A TECHNOLOGY AND DIGITAL INNOVATION LEAD

Are you excited about the potential of technology to help people live their lives to the fullest? Do you consider it is important to use technology within a human rights and ethical framework? Are you excellent at inspiring individuals and creating enthusiasm?  Then this may be a great role for you.

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Scottish Care for a Technology and Digital Innovation Lead to join the national Scottish Care team. This full-time post is initially for a period of 24 months with a possible extension beyond this. The post is remunerated at £45,000 per annum plus agreed expenses.

Scottish Care is funding this post as a result of funding from the Scottish Government Technology Enabled Care Programme.  

Applicants should ideally be qualified to degree level or equivalent and have experience of working in the technology and digital sector. Current knowledge of the social care sector in Scotland, and an ability to engage and innovate the positive use of technology to enable the delivery of a rights-based approach to support and care are desirable.

The consultant will operate at a national strategic level; create significant collaborations for and with independent care sector organisations; contribute to national policy groups and consultations specifically on technology, data and digital; organise and deliver national events and work across the sector nationally.  

The role requires skilful collaboration with key partners in the Scottish Government, statutory health and care services, regulatory bodies, user and representative bodies as well as the wider technology and digital community in Scotland and elsewhere.

Come and join the independent care sector where there is already remarkable innovative use of technology that makes a difference

The contract offers a flexible, home-based option and the post-holder will report to the Scottish Care Chief Executive, Dr Donald Macaskill.

Application forms

An Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form is available at www.scottishcare.org  and by email from [email protected] and completed forms should be returned to her no later than 12 noon on Friday 3rdSeptember 2021.

Interviews will be held virtually.

Job opportunity – Transforming Workforce Lead

SCOTTISH CARE REQUIRES A TRANSFORMING WORKFORCE LEAD

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Scottish Care for a Transforming Workforce Lead to join the national Scottish Care team. This full-time post is initially to October 2022 with a possible extension beyond this. The post is remunerated at £40,800 plus agreed expenses. 

Scottish Care is funded by the Scottish Government to provide independent sector engagement around workforce development, with the specific aim to ensure that ‘Social services providers in the independent sector fully contribute to the national workforce development agenda and maximise their capacity to self-manage the development of their workforce.’

Applicants must be qualified to degree level or equivalent and have experience of working at a senior level in health or social services or a related area.  Current knowledge of nursing practice within social care settings, knowledge of nursing and social care workforce regulation, and experience of leading a learning & development function or project are desirable.

The consultant will operate at a national strategic level; create significant collaborations for independent care sector organisations; contribute to national policy groups and consultations specifically on nursing; organise and deliver national workforce events and presentations and work across the sector nationally.  

The role requires skilful collaboration with key partners in the Scottish Government, the Chief Nursing Office Directorate, Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), Care Inspectorate, NHS Education for Scotland, local authorities, third sector and others with a requirement to attend frequent meetings and events across Scotland.

The contract offers a flexible, home-based option with occasional work at the Scottish Care offices in Ayr. 

Application forms:  An Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form is available directly from Laura Bennie, Office Manager, Scottish Care [email protected] and completed forms should be returned to her no later than 12 noon on Friday 3rd September 2021. Interviews will be held virtually on Friday 10th September 2021.  If you have not been contacted by Wednesday 8th September 2021, please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Care Tech 4 – Tickets now on sale!

Tickets are now available for our fourth technology event ‘Care Tech 4′ which is scheduled for Thursday 26 and Friday 27 August 2021.

The event will take place virtually and will bring together a range of perspectives to discuss developments and impacts of technology and the future potential of technology across the Scottish social care sector. It will also feature a range of panel discussions and opportunities to hear the latest developments around technology in social care.

Tickets are priced at £20+VAT and will give delegates access to both days, as well as access to recordings of the event.

Please see below for an outline of the programme.

Event Programme Outline - Care Tech 4 Final Version

Job opportunity – Project Administrator: Dumfries and Galloway

SCOTTISH CARE IS LOOKING FOR A PROJECT ADMINISTRATOR

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Scottish Care for a Project Administrator to work as part of our team in Dumfries & Galloway. This is a part time post (17.5 hours per week – £23,346 per year pro rata, till March 2022), the post is home based and there will be a requirement for occasional attendance at meetings & events.

Scottish Care is the representative body for the largest group of health and social care sector independent providers across Scotland delivering residential care, day care, care at home and housing support.

The post holder must have experience in office administration.  They must have the ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines, versatility & flexibility along with excellent interpersonal skills at all levels is essential. Thepost holder must also have excellent IT skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office packages.

The post holder will possess sound organisational & administrative abilities and the ability to support staff across Dumfries & Galloway in delivering services to members.

This is an exciting post for someone who will have a strong commitment to the work of the organisation and the ability to work in a culture that is innovative.

For further information please email [email protected] who will forward a Job Description, Person Specification and Application Form.

To apply, forward a completed application to [email protected]

Interviews will be held virtually on 19th August 2021

Closing Date: 12pm Friday 13th August 2021

Climate Action and the Social Care Collective

We are co-hosting a series of virtual roundtable events to explore climate change in the context of social care with The Health and Social Care Academy (an ALLIANCE programme). Discussions will consider both the impact on the sector and the action required to tackle climate change. 

In the run up to COP26, we will be holding a series of roundtable events which will foster dialogue and explore the crucial role that social care must play in the context of climate change – in addressing, adapting to and taking action to mitigate the impacts. 

Scottish Government has pledged to be a net-zero nation by 2045 and Industry and investments are going green. There is a need for the social care sector to be involved in supporting sustainability effort as it is both affected by and contributes to climate change. Presently, there is little policy and action being taken to deliver social care in a changing climate. Given the mixed economy of care provision in Scotland, the impact of climate change will need to be acted upon by a range of different bodies, including local authorities, health and social care partnerships and care providers. 

Events will look at the current context, the barriers to action and will help identify solutions that can be taken forward by the sector as a call to action. It is our hope that these roundtables start to foster innovation, inspire action in the sector and ensure that social care is recognised as an equal partner in tackling climate change. 

The series will inform a set of principles and a call to action to inform stakeholders and groups on the areas for constructive and collaborative improvement in climate change and social care, which will be shared prior to COP26 on November 1, 2021. 

These roundtables will be held online on the following dates: 

  • Wednesday 11th August, 10:00 to 12:00 
  • Wednesday 15th September, 10:00 to 12:00
  • Wednesday 20th October, 10:00 to 12:00 

Final details for each event, including confirmed speakers, will be announced over the coming weeks. 

The events will be held on Zoom and are not designed to elicit person information from participants. For more information, please read our respective Privacy Statements: 

The ALLIANCE 

 Scottish Care 

Please sign up through Eventbrite.  If you have any questions or would like to learn how to get involved, please email [email protected]

Save the date – Care Home Conference & Awards 2021

SAVE THE DATE
CARE HOME CONFERENCE AND AWARDS 2021
FRIDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2021

We are pleased to announce that our annual Care Home Conference and Awards will take place this year on Friday 19 November 2021. Please get this date in your diary and share with your colleagues.

We are anticipating these events to be live and in-person at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow (1 William Street, G3 8HT). However, this may be subject to change due to Government COVID-19 restrictions/guidelines at the time of the event.

More details to follow.

2021 Care Home Awards now open for entries

We’re delighted to announce that the 2021 Care Home Awards are now open for entries! Scottish Care would like to invite you to enter your company, staff and residents for the Care Home Awards 2021.

Help us recognise the work of fantastic staff and providers whilst also giving positive visibility to this often neglected sector.

There are 13 award categories:

  • Ancillary & Support Staff Award
  • Nutrition & Eating Well Award
  • Meaningful Activity Award
  • Training, Learning & Staff Development Award
  • Emerging Talent Award
  • Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Management & Leadership Award
  • Palliative & End of Life Care Practise Award
  • Nurse of the Year Award
  • Carer of the Year Award
  • Specialist Service/ Unit of the Year Award
  • Care Home Service of the Year Award
  • Positive Impact Award

Find out more about the awards and submit your nomination here.

Award entries close on Friday 10 September 2021.

‘The future vision of health and social care nursing’ event recording

Huge thanks to all our speakers and attendees for coming along to our nursing event in June which focused on ‘The future vision of health and social care nursing’. We hope that you found the event enjoyable and informative and that it will inform and support your practice moving forward.

We are pleased to share the recording and presentation slides from this event. These are available via the buttons below. If you have any issues accessing these files at all, please contact [email protected].

You can also catch up on the day on Twitter with the hashtag #carenursevision.

Thanks again for your attendance and we look forward to welcoming you to another Scottish Care event in the future.

Kind regards,

Jacqui Neil

Transforming Workforce Lead for Nursing

Supporting Student Placements in Care Homes Webinar – 22 July

We have an upcoming webinar on Thursday 22nd July at 2:00pm around supporting student placements within our care homes.

Dr Kathleen Duffy from NES will provide an overview of the current placement picture across all our care homes currently approved for students. She will highlight the benefits of supporting our future workforce and discuss the potential contribution care homes can make as practice learning environments (PLEs).

Due to the reconfiguration of all health and care services in wake of the pandemic, the demand for student placements is extremely high, not just for nursing students, therefore it is paramount that we utilise all potential care homes to support students by ensuring staff have the resources and information to be able to supervise and assess students through the new curriculums. One of the CHEF‘s will discuss their role in relation to this.

We also recognise that the last year had particular challenges which resulted in care homes having to safeguard residents against unnecessary footfall from external staff, this meant a significant decline within some student placement areas.

Joining details now available on the Members Area of this website.

Care Home Day 21 – A blog from our Joint National Partners for Integration Lead

Respair: The Return of Hope

“The work of restoration cannot begin until a problem is fully faced” -Dan B Allender

After what can only be described as an uncertain and difficult 16 months – where family life became intertwined with working life, where working life was lived through a computer screen and workdays lasted long past when they should have finished. There does seem to be a small chink of light at the end of the tunnel.

The Partners for Integration (PfI) team, like everyone else, has worked hard during this time with resilience and tenacity, going above and beyond what is expected of them. But they also at times felt isolated and anxious, having sleepless nights and wondering if there will ever be a time when things will get back to “normal”.

However, after these long hard months, we must look for some of the positives. There is no point in being inward-looking, we need to acknowledge that this has been hard and traumatic for many people in many ways, but if we don’t acknowledge that, how can we begin to learn and move forward?  Recognition of where we have been is important. Some reflection of the learning is vital but most importantly coming together, being courageous and warmly supporting one another to bravely take those important steps to recovery as one.

Along with many people, the PfI team have had to change and adapt how they have worked. Looking for how they could continue to represent and support the sector from the confines of their own houses. They have achieved this by providing support in a variety of ways to those who needed it across Scotland.  There have been many shared and difficult emotions – some many of us will never forget, yet we have realised how important our relationships are. They are relationships that will carry us through to recovery from this difficult time.

New collaborative relationships have been established; old relationships strengthened. Teams are working closer together with a greater understanding of everyone’s role in that team and we have many quotes from providers and peers that have shone a very positive light on the vital role of the team during this time. Relationships have been developed across Scotland which will last way beyond the pandemic, and we hope will take a different supportive pathway going forward as we look to what the future will bring.

The new different relationships will be what we embrace going forward. They are relationships based on respect and value. The answer was always within the virtual room, and we have grown to discover, realise knowledge and cherish the ability to share across the miles. This must be what we hold onto going forward, this has to be what we build on to create a positive and flourishing future for the sector. No one says it will be easy, but like the phoenix, it’s time to rise!!!

“You’re off to great places, today is your day, your mountain is waiting so get on your way!!” – Dr Seuss

Janice Cameron

Joint National Lead for Partners for Integration