The second edition of the Scottish Social Care Nurses Network Journal has been published. You can read it below.Final draft -SSCNurses Journal 2ndEd Jan 23
Statement on Lord Advocate’s Changes to Covid19 Death notification
Statement re change in Operation Koper
“Scottish Care is pleased to hear of the decision of the Lord Advocate to change the requirements around the reporting of Covid19 deaths in care homes.
We are immensely disappointed that it has taken so long to reach this stage despite the many entreaties both from ourselves and countless frontline nurses, carers and managers.
Scottish Care has always stated that it is important that assurance was given to families, staff, and residents that their care and support was as of as high a quality as it could be despite the immense pressures of an unknown virus within a global pandemic. When the then Lord Advocate decided to change reporting requirements we expressed our concern that such changes were disproportionate and that they placed an undue burden on the delivery of frontline care and support and also ignored the human rights of frontline care-givers.
We very much regret the subsequent process of investigation which became known as Operation Koper and believe it has done immeasurable harm to frontline services and the women and men who work in it. We continue to assert that far from granting reassurance and comfort to those with understandable questions around the deaths of loved ones it has fractured relationships, inappropriately maligned the reputations of frontline staff and caused real harm.
We very much hope that forthcoming Inquiries and reflections will provide an opportunity to assess these harms and to ensure that such a process of disproportionate investigation and examination, regardless of motivation, does not happen in the treatment of an infectious disease in the future.”
For Crown Office Statement see https://www.copfs.gov.uk/about-copfs/news/change-in-reporting-of-care-home-covid-19-deaths-to-the-procurator-fiscal/
Winter Bulletin 2022
We are in the process of redesigning our quarterly Bulletins. If you have any feedback or ideas of what you’d like to see in the Bulletin, please get in touch at [email protected]
This edition is filled with updates, information and stories from the social care sector. We even featured a Christmas spread to highlight all the Christmas activities members have got up to! Huge thanks to everyone who sent in images for this to spread the Christmas spirit. Please give it a read!Winter Bulletin 2022-compressed
Care England and Scottish Care VAT Webinar with Grant Thornton
Care England and Scottish Care VAT Webinar with Grant Thornton UK LLP
Care England and Scottish Care are hosting another webinar on Thursday 19 January, 2:00 – 3:00 pm , on the subject of the VAT-efficient provision of welfare services. The webinar is aimed at raising awareness of how care providers can restructure the provision of welfare services to enable VAT recovery on publicly funded contracts. We are in challenging financial times due to the central government funding of adult social care on top of the cost-of-living crisis nationally. Restructuring the provision of welfare services is a solution to recover input VAT for care providers on Local Authority and NHS-funded contracts, which would add to the bottom line and subsequently EBITDA.
Care England and Scottish Care will be joined by Grant Thornton UK LLP who will be presenting the webinar, will provide an overview of the VAT opportunity and will answer any questions you may have. Grant Thornton has been working in collaboration with Care England to raise awareness of this opportunity for several years and has worked with a number of Care England and Scottish Care members to implement the restructuring.
Not all local authorities and NHS bodies currently permit VAT recovery, however, close to 50% do, and as such we see a significant amount of additional funding which can be made available to your organisation to help offset some of the cost pressures providers are facing now. We believe that increasing the number of requests from providers will support the argument for VAT recovery in all local authority and NHS areas.
We hope you will join this webinar and consider if this VAT opportunity is something your organisation would like to consider further. This is not a sales opportunity, instead an opportunity to raise awareness, share knowledge and provide an update of the current regulatory landscape. All materials will be shared after the session, to those who are interested, together with contact details for Nick Garside and Emma Lomas of Grant Thornton UK LLP.
Details to register for this webinar is available on the Members Area.
Care Home VAT Restructuring Webinar
|Thursday 1 December, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Scottish Care have joined up with Care England to host a webinar on the 1st December from 2:00 -3:00 pm regarding VAT restructuring. We are in challenging financial times due to the lack of local authority funding on top of the cost-of-living crisis nationally. VAT restructuring is a solution to recover input VAT for care homes on local authority and NHS funded resident contracts. Care Homes are currently unable to recover VAT without restructuring, due to the existing VAT exemption in place. Any VAT restructuring to recover VAT as a result is subject to both HMRC and Regulatory approval which has been obtained successfully in the past and equates to an uplift fee equivalent of over 3% to 5%, and is of zero costs the local authority and NHS other than an amendment to their contracts as they can recover VAT charged in full via HMRC, by way of their usual VAT returns.
The webinars are aimed at raising awareness of how care home providers can restructure their organisations to enable VAT recovery on publicly funded contracts. Highly regarded VAT specialist firm, Kieran Lynch will provide an overview of the process and answer any questions or concerns you have. They offer practical support and guidance and will work with you should you wish to look at opportunities for your organisation. Not all local authorities and NHS bodies currently permit VAT recovery, however, close to 50% do, and as such we see a significant amount of additional funding which can be made available to your organisation to help offset some of the cost pressures providers are facing now. We believe that increasing numbers of request from providers will support the argument for VAT recovery in all local authority and NHS areas.
We hope you will join this webinar and consider if VAT restructuring is something your organisation is keen to consider. This is not a sales opportunity; materials will be shared after the session to those who are interested to contact Kieran Lynch directly.
Please note that Grant Thornton will no longer be attending this webinar, there will be another webinar in the new year scheduled with Grant Thornton. More details to follow.
Please head to our Members Area to register for this webinar.
Launch of the Social Care Campaign
We are delighted to launch the ‘Social Care Campaign’ today (Thursday 24 November 2022). Scottish Care worked with members to produce the ‘Social Care Campaign’. This campaign aims to raise the profile of social care in Scotland, across care homes and homecare. We hope to use the campaign as a positive vehicle for sharing good practice, information and evidencing the sector’s value.
Today, we are seeing a crisis in social care like nothing we have seen before – with workforce shortages, the rising cost of living and other problems which make it increasingly challenging for sustainability.
Now is the time to #careaboutcare. We need your help to get involved in this campaign and #shinealight on the social care sector.
You can get involved by sharing your stories with us (through either written words, video or audio clips), sending letters to MSPs, pledging your support and sharing the campaign with others. We will also be hosting an online lobby day in January – more details to follow.
As part of this campaign, we are producing videos that highlight the positivity of the social care sector. We are currently looking for user-generated content for this (with the appropriate permissions) which highlights the relationships built between care home residents, homecare service users and their care workers and any activities undertaken in the sector. The guide to filming this content is available here. Please send these videos to [email protected].
At the Care Home Conference 2022, last week, we launched a mini care home film – you can watch it here.
Information on the campaign is available at: https://scottishcare.org/social-care-campaign/
Congratulations to our 2022 Care Home Awards winners!
Scottish Care’s Annual Care Home Awards 2022 took place on the evening of Friday 18 November 2022 at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow, hosted by Pop Idol Winner, Michelle McManus and Scottish Care CEO, Dr Donald Macaskill.
Huge congratulations to all of our deserving finalists and winners, and thank you to all the Awards Sponsors.
Find out more about our finalists here.
Care Home Conference 2022 – 1 week to go!
Care Home Conference and Exhibition 2022
‘More than four walls’
Friday 18 November 2022
Our 2022 National Care Home Conference, Exhibition and Awards will be taking place next week on Friday 18 November 2022 at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow.
This event is titled ‘More than four walls’ and is the 23rd consecutive year of the Care Home Conference. During Care Home Day 2022, Scottish Care posed the question – what do you wish people knew about care homes? The response was clear: that they are more than four walls. This conference aims to change the misunderstandings and misrepresentations in the care home sector and to make real and meaningful change.
The Conference will feature a range of key speakers including:
- Humza Yousaf – Cabinet Secretary for Health & Social Care, Scottish Government
- Dame Sue Bruce – Chair, Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny & Regulation
- Jackie Irvine, CEO, Care Inspectorate
We will also hear from the care home perspectives in a number of talks or panels on the themes of the National Care Service, sustainability, and care homes being ‘more than four walls’.
Delegates will be able to choose from a number of creative, practice-based insight sessions and access a diverse exhibition showcasing products and services tailored to a care-home audience.
Ticket rates for Scottish Care members are £70+VAT, for non-members, it is £130+VAT.
Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of the only conference in Scotland which focuses specifically on care home provision and book your places now.
Home Office Webinar – 1 November
Home Office Webinar – Immigration & Recruitment
Tuesday 1 November, 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
Please join representatives from Scottish Care, officials from the Home Office, DWP, REN and a recruitment agency for this 2 hour webinar. This session will provide an overview of the overseas recruitment process, guidance on ethical international recruitment, and examples of best practice.
Please note that this webinar is open to non-members as well. Please complete the form below and we will send you the details to join a day before the webinar.
Autumn Bulletin 2022
This year’s Autumn bulletin has now been published online and is available to view.
We will not be sending out physical copies of the Bulletin, this edition is in a digital format instead.
We are in the process of redesigning our quarterly Bulletins. If you have any feedback or ideas of what you’d like to see in the Bulletin, please get in touch at [email protected]Autumn Bulletin 2022 (1)-compressed