Urgent call to extend EU Settlement Scheme deadline

Scottish Care and Age Scotland urge Home Secretary to protect the rights of older EU nationals living in Scotland

Scottish Care and Age Scotland are among a group of organisations across the UK calling on the Home Secretary to extend the EU Settlement Scheme deadline in order to give older people the widest opportunity to register and retain their rights to continue living in the UK.

In an open letter published today (Wednesday 5 May), organisations working for older people share concerns that some, particularly those who may have lived in the UK for many years, or are living in care homes or living with dementia, may be unaware of their requirement to register for the Scheme or unable to do so due to various barriers.

Age Scotland estimate that there could be more than 1,600 over 65s who are eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme but are yet to apply.

The organisations have issued a joint call stressing the importance of avoiding a repeat of the shocking injustice faced by members of the Windrush Generation and urging the Home Secretary to provide assurance that no older person will lose their rights, be denied treatment and other benefits, or be forcibly removed from the UK because they were unaware that they needed to register for the Scheme.

Age Scotland’s Chief Executive, Brian Sloan, said:

“We’re concerned that there remains a significant number of eligible older EU citizens, possibly more than 1,600 over 65s in Scotland, who have not yet applied to the scheme and could face real difficulty in their lives if the deadline is not extended.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate the news and public consciousness, some people simply may not be aware of the requirement to apply to the settlement scheme.

“Others may have faced practical barriers to applying over the last year – either because they do not have access to the required technology or they have been unable to access the face-to-face support they need due to public health restrictions.

“It’s vital that older people are granted the support and sufficient time needed to register for the EU settlement scheme, and this simply won’t be possible if the deadline remains the same. We’re urging the Home Secretary to act as a matter of urgency and commit to extending the deadline in order to safeguard the rights of all older people affected.”

Chief Executive of Scottish Care, Donald Macaskill, said:

“We are very concerned that due to the impact of the pandemic that there will be older people who will not be aware that they are required to apply for settled status.

“As a membership organisation Scottish Care is alerting both care home and homecare members to make them aware of the deadline. It would be of immeasurable help to potentially some of our most vulnerable fellow citizens if the deadline date was extended.”

Letter signatories are as follows:

Heléna Herklots CBE, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales

Victoria Lloyd, Chief Executive, Age Cymru

Brian Sloan, Chief Executive, Age Scotland

Dr Donald Macaskill, Chief Executive, Scottish Care

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK

Deborah Alsina MBE, Chief Executive, Independent Age

Eddie Lynch, Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland

Linda Robinson, Chief Executive, Age NI


Legal Webinar: Burness Paull – 12 May

We are delighted to present the first in our Legal Webinar series. These webinars will feature our Legal Resources Select group, a carefully selected group of law firms in Scotland. Find out more about our Legal Resources Select group here.

This session will take place on Wednesday 12 May at 2PM, hosted by Scottish Care CEO, Dr Donald Macaskill and featuring representatives from Burness Paull.  They will be looking at the following topics:

Operation Koper – Lynne Gray

Human Rights – Fiona Killen

Vaccinations in the workplace – Mandy Laurie

We encourage Scottish Care members to join this session for the opportunity to ask any legal questions that they may have.

Joining details will be available on the Members Area shortly.

Media Release: Open letter from Inclusion Scotland & Scottish Care on the National Care Service

Inclusion Scotland and Scottish Care have coordinated an open letter which calls for the implementation of the recommendations of the Independent Review of Adult Social Care. The letter arises out of concerns that the vision of the Report risks being diluted and diminished. The signatories of the letter are concerned that the current status quo which has clearly failed those who receive social care supports, unpaid carers and providers of care is in danger of continuing because of the desire of local authorities to retain existing fiscal and governance controls.

Inclusion Scotland said:

“As with many working within social care, disabled people and their unpaid carers have long been frustrated at the number of well-intentioned plans, programmes and visions that have resulted in little to no change in how they access support to achieve their human rights. The fundamental flaws in the system remain and have further entrenched inequality of access to support during the pandemic, causing untold misery and costs.

Human rights should never be a matter of cost or scales of priority but need to be progressed and met for people on an equal basis, whoever they are and wherever they live. Feeley’s vision provides a blueprint for achieving this and disabled people are ready to co-produce the report’s recommendations at every level. We would like to see broad commitment to the report as until now local democracy has not been accountable for people needing adult social care support, nor does it comprehend its full value and purpose to both the individual and society at large.”

Dr Donald Macaskill, CEO of Scottish Care commented:

“This letter expresses the very real concern from those who provide care services and those who use them that the vision of a National Care Service is in danger of not happening because of the desire of local authorities to retain much of their existing control and influence. The Report after extensive engagement told us that the system is broken. We have known this for a long time. The significant and systematic changes that need to take place where we have the creation of a National Care Service but with local accountability cannot be negotiated away between national and local government. The voice of those who matter most –  those who use supports, who deliver unpaid care and those who professionally provide that care cannot be drowned out by a desire to resist change. The pain of the pandemic demands us to build a new future not to simply tinker with the models of the past.”

Dr Jim Elder-Woodward commented:

“It is clear that the Feeley Review has listened not just to people working within social care, but those in receipt of social care, who have the lived experience of its outputs.  We all agree the system is broken.  There needs to be a fresh start, with national accountability and local implementation. We need an independent complaints system and access to redress, we currently have neither. There needs to be a fresh new culture dedicated to supporting people’s human rights.  But, most importantly there needs to be that voice of lived experience is heard, not just at the table, but from the top of the table.  However, we also fear that this brand new world will not happen.  This broken system will just continue – with one or two peripheral tweaks, which will make no real difference at all.  The people of Scotland must stop this from happening.”

Nursing Event (24 June) – Programme now available

We will be hosting a virtual nursing event on 24th June from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

This event will look at the future vision for health and social care nursing. We have a full programme of speakers including presentations from frontline staff, and representation from professional bodies: NMC around the new standards and RCN in supporting revalidation. We also have a panel session that centres around education and leadership, in supporting our future leaders.

The event will be supported by the CNO, the Scottish Government, as well as the Chief Nurse with the Care Inspectorate.

If you have any questions on this event, please contact our Transforming Workforce Lead for Nursing, Jacqui Neil at [email protected].

Care Home Awards 2020 – 14 May 2021

We are delighted to announce the new date for the Care Home Awards 2020!

The awards ceremony will be hosted by Scottish Care CEO, Dr Donald Macaskill and Pop Idol Winner, Michelle McManus. This will take place virtually on Friday 14 May 2021 at 7PM.

Tickets are now available to purchase here. Tickets are priced at £10+VAT per person, and links to the awards ceremony will be sent to attendees an hour before the event starts.

This is a great opportunity for us to recognise the achievements of the independent care home sector. We cannot wait to celebrate with you all, albeit virtually.

There are 13 award categories, with the finalists celebrated and winners announced on the night:

    • 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 Finalists here.

Digital Health & Care Strategy Webinar – 6 May

Please join us on Thursday 6th May at 2pm to share your expertise and experiences in an engagement session on the Digital Health & Care Strategy refresh.

This webinar will be in a meeting format to allow for interaction, registration is required. Registration link now available on the Members Area.

Session information:

Covid-19 has shown us that people are increasingly using digital tools to access a services, including those for health and social care. They also want and expect to have greater choice over how – and increasingly when – they access care and support. Over the last year we have also learned a great deal about effective collaboration and delivering at pace using agile approaches. Our accelerated progress has led to a greater understanding of the opportunities that digital can provide. We are therefore working on a refresh of the Digital Health & Care Strategy, first published in 2018 to reflect the developments in innovation and partnership working that Covid-19 has brought about.

How can the principles of the original strategy (empowering citizens to better manage their health and wellbeing, and the underpinning architectural and information governance building blocks, and workforce skills development to enable this) be embedded in the way our health and social care systems work? Whatever the answer, providers of residential care, nursing care, day care, care at home and housing support services have an important part to play and we are keen to hear your views.

This is an opportunity for Scottish Care members to engage with the Directorate for Digital Health and Care on these areas and to hear more about the strategy refresh.

Faith In Older People: Malcolm Goldsmith Lecture – 11 May

Dr Donald Macaskill (Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Care) will give the Malcolm Goldsmith Lecture 2021, organised by Faith In Older People, on Tuesday 11 May, 5:00 – 6:30 pm.

The fullness of humanity: human rights and spirituality 

Dr Macaskill’s lecture will explore the relationship between human rights as a moral and legal framework and the world of spirituality. It will advocate a positive potential relationship between human rights and traditional spiritual belief and religious traditions both in practice and in thought. It will approach the subject with particular reference to care and health.


NB rthe ZOOM joining link will be sent the day before the event 

Exploring the application of Human Rights Principles in Digital Health and Social Care

Scottish Care is delighted to work in partnership with The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) and VOX (Voices Of eXperience) to support the development of rights-based digital health and social care policy and practice across Scotland. This includes the exploration of six principles for a human rights based approach to digital health and social care.

We want to engage with people who access services and people who provide support to refine the principles and collectively develop practice-based scenarios that illustrate their application in health and social care. We are hosting three events to gather people’s views and experiences on the application of human rights-based approaches in digital health and social care.

These workshops will be held online on the following dates:

We want to encourage a wide range of views and to ensure participation from people who may not be able to attend the workshops online. If you would be able support an engagement session offline, an engagement pack will be available. Participants will be able to return these electronically or by post at no cost to them.

To find out more, please email [email protected].

* If you cannot attend the first or second event for any reason, you are welcome to attend the event on 26 July.

Human Rights Principles for Digital Health and Social Care

The six principles build on the Human Rights Charter for Technology and Digital in Social Care launched by Scottish Care in September 2019 and are intended to be embedded into digital health and care developments at all levels.

  • People at the centre. Any digital experience needs to be flexible around individual needs, preferences and choice.
  • Human rights foundations. All digital services need to respect and protect human rights, whilst also seeking to enhance and fulfil individuals’ ability to exercise their rights.
  • Digital as ongoing choice. ‘Digital first’ approaches can risk alienating or disadvantaging those who are currently excluded from accessing digital services. Instead, there should be ‘digital choice’. People should have equal access to services on equal terms, regardless of their circumstances. Moreover, we need to recognise that circumstances change, and that people might want to switch between digital and analogue service provision seamlessly, in a way that suits them.
  • Digital where it is best suited. Digital service provision lends itself better to some outcomes and processes (i.e. updating preferences online, transactional services) than others (i.e. tailored support, relational services). We need to be aware of this and build digital capacity where it is most impactful and appropriate, whilst also keeping in mind that digital does not resolve everything and should not replace face to face services.
  • Digital inclusion, not just widening access. For digital to achieve its potential of delivering better outcomes for people, it needs to be truly inclusive of all members of society, including those most at risk of exclusion or harm. While widening access initiatives are a welcome step forward, digital exclusion needs to be tackled at all levels in the community through person-centred rather than system-available responses. Digital skills, confidence and literacy need to be at the heart of digital inclusion activities going forward.
  • Personal ownership of digital data. The move to digital services will come with increased amounts of digital personal data being created, shared and used across systems. In line with Data Protection regulations, we believe that citizens should have ownership over their personal information and be in control with regards to its use.

Job opportunity – Independent Sector Lead: Dumfries & Galloway




Health and Social Care Integration

£44,494 per annum – 35 hours per week

Fixed term contract funded till March 2022

Do you have an interest in improving the quality of care, can you COLLABORATE, INNOVATE AND COMMUNICATE, and would you like to join a successful, committed and highly motivated team? This could be the opportunity you have been waiting for.

We are seeking to engage an Independent Sector Lead to support the Integration of Health and Social Care in Dumfries & Galloway.  Hosted by Scottish Care and working closely with care providers and partners, the post involves ensuring sector involvement in the delivery of the integrating of health and social care in Scotland’s HSCPs

The post holder must be highly motivated, be able to use initiative, possess excellent communication and networking skills, demonstrate success and experience working at strategic level with policy makers, providers, regulators, people supported by services and carers. Qualifications and experience at a senior management level would be a significant advantage.

The post holder will be expected to create and support significant collaborations across the independent care sector while contributing to the development of new care pathways which will result in the delivery of improved outcomes for people who access care and support. The post holder will ensure the Independent sector’s contribution is fundamental to integrated services and transformational change and be able to evidence their impact. The role requires considerable and skilful collaboration with our key partners in the NHS, Local Authority, Carers, third sector organisations and other forums.

The post is home based with travel where necessary, based and is hosted by Scottish Care.

To request an application pack, please contact Colette Law at Scottish Care by email [email protected]

Closing date 4pm on Friday 7th May 2021.  Interviews will be held by video conference – date to be confirmed.

‘Unexpected Consequences’ – a webinar on bereavement

‘Unexpected Consequences’ –  a virtual webinar on bereavement.

Tuesday 11th May 13:30 to 15:15.

Last spring saw the launch of Scotland’s first-ever Bereavement Charter for Adults and Children. Since then, the Charter has developed and grown and been used in many different ways.

The Group which developed the Charter is holding the first in a series of webinars exploring different elements of death and bereavement as part of the Demystifying Death Week.

During the webinar, you will have the chance to hear from three speakers and then have the opportunity to reflect on what you have heard in a short workshop on one of the themes.

Please register for this webinar on: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItceCqrzsoG9eMbM4TuNlFIWfrURPZqpBR


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