Workforce Event – 25 September 2019

Workforce Event - 25 September 2019

Keeping Well: Supporting the Care Workforce

Scottish Care are delighted to announce our latest Workforce Event - Keeping Well: Supporting the Care Workforce. This event is organised by Caroline Deane - Workforce Policy & Practice Lead at Scottish Care - and will be held on Wednesday 25th September 2019 at The Marriott Hotel in Glasgow.

This free event will focus on the palliative care journey - from diagnosis through to end of life care - and the impact on the social care workforce health and wellbeing. There will be a range of organisations including the Care Inspectorate and RMIT University, who will be delivering sessions on the day.

Places for this event are limited, if you would like to attend please email [email protected] to register.

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Workforce Matters eBulletin – July 2019

Workforce Matters eBulletin - July 2019

Workforce Matters is the workforce planning and development arm of Scottish Care.  As well as sharing relevant and up to date information about workforce and learning opportunities across the country, we also want to know more about your organisations learning and development needs, particularly those relating to regulatory, Care Inspectorate and SSSC requirements.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about your organisational workforce needs or would like further information about learning and development opportunities available to Scottish Care members.

Caroline Deane - Workforce Policy & Practice Lead

[email protected] 

News and Events

The Colin McNab Palliative and End of Life Care Prize: front line care worker fund 

The Colin McNab Palliative and End of Life Care Prize was formed following a generous gift from Border Caring Services. The Prize was announced by Scottish Care CEO Dr Donald Macaskill at the Annual Care at Home & Housing Support Conference in Glasgow. 

This Prize has been established to support and enhance the often unheralded and unrecognised work of palliative care in our care home, care at home and housing support services.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Saturday 31st August 2019.

Individual Training Account Funding

Applications are now open for Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Individual Training Accounts (ITA).

Individuals can get up to £200 towards the cost of a training course to build the skills you need for a job or get some training to take your career to the next level.  Whatever you want to do, there’s a wide range of ITA approved courses on offer. Because it’s not a loan you don’t have to pay it back.

Applying for your ITA

This year SDS will fund 18,500 Individual Training Accounts.  The scheme re-opened on 27 June to new applicants and will accept 15,000 applications between then and 30 September.

Essentials in Psychological Care - Dementia Care Home Programme - Training for Trainers 28th August 2019 Glasgow

This training programme has been developed by NES to improve the experience, care, treatment and outcomes for people with dementia, their families and carers.

The training is aimed at staff who have already completed the one-day Essentials training event or have completed the Psychological Interventions in Response to Stress and Distress in Dementia.  Staff must also be currently be working at the skilled level or above of the Promoting Excellence Framework.

Applications to be in by Friday 2nd August 2019.

New Cohort of online course in Compassionate Care

This course will give you the practical tools and insights that you can use to enhance compassionate health and social care. If you, or your team, would like to enrol in this exciting 3 week course launching in September 2019, please click on the link below.

NHS Education for Scotland Bereavement Education Conference 2019

This is a free opportunity for health and social care workers to attend a range of plenary and workshop sessions on bereavement-related topics.

The deadline for registering interest in attending is Friday 23rd August.

Modern Apprenticeship funding available through Skills Development Scotland

We are pleased to advise that Skills Development Scotland has announced that funding has been allocated to training providers for Modern Apprenticeships and this includes funding for staff who are aged over 25.

Workforce Groups

Our Workforce Groups each run quarterly throughout the year and, as ever, we are really keen to have the involvement of our frontline colleagues and more provider participation.  Details of the next dates are listed below:

Joint Scottish Care/SSSC Regulatory Forum

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 10th September 2019 between 10.00am and 12.30pm.  The venue of this meeting has still to be confirmed but will be held at a venue in Edinburgh.

The Regulatory Forum explores how regulation of our services impacts upon them and our workforce. SSSC, who co-chair, advise and guide on new initiatives with providers being able to highlight challenges and solutions on topics such as registration, SVQ, qualifications and training among many others.  More input from frontline colleagues and providers can only increase our effectiveness, so please come along.

Scottish Care/SSSC Promoting Excellence in Dementia Group

The next meeting will take place on 12th September between 10:30am and 12:30pm. This will be held at the Carewatch office in Greenock, 38 Union Street, PA16 8DJ.

This group allows anyone with an interest in the care of people living with dementia to explore the Promoting Excellence Framework, training opportunities, best practice and hear updates from several different types of services on how they are encouraging and implementing the Framework within their own organisations.  It is always great to have people involved in the direct delivery of dementia care and hear the challenges and successes experienced daily in their work.

Leadership Reference Group

The next meeting will take place on 27th August 10:30am-12:30pm at the C-Change office, Suite 3 Melissa House, Festival Court, Brand Place, Glasgow, G51 1DR .

This group’s focus is on leadership and how to positively promote and nurture it throughout all levels of teams and organisations across social care. We are always looking for more people to come along, particularly frontline colleagues so please do get in touch.

Scottish Care Palliative and End of Life Care Group - for care home & care at home organisations

The next meeting will take place on 28th August, 10am - 12.30pm at Renfield St Stephen's Centre, 260 Bath Street Glasgow G2 4JP.

We are always looking for more people to come along, particularly front line colleagues.

We greatly appreciate the support of those organisations who have previously hosted our Workforce Groups, with thanks to those hosting the upcoming meetings.

If you would like more information about any of these forums please contact [email protected]


Qualification guidance for supervisors in care at home, housing support and care home services for adults

The SSSC have guidance available on their website to explain the different ways supervisors in these services can meet the supervisory part of their qualification requirement.  The guidance includes lists of the units accepted by the SSSC along with information about the other ways supervisors can meet the requirement.

The SSSC Learning Zone

The SSSC Learning Zone is an extremely useful resource for keeping your practice up to date.  It includes free to use learning apps covering subject areas such as dementia, adult protection and medication. There is also a career development toolkit which may prove useful to members keen to develop career pathways within their organisations.


Keep Up to Date with all SSSC related news ,events and resources at SSSCNews “The online magazine for Scotland’s social services.”


Care Tech 2: Programme

We are delighted to confirm that the following organisations will be involved in the workshops available to delegates on the day:

Please click on the Programme button to the right for details on the schedule on the day of the event.

Take part in the first Scottish Care webinar

Scotland Excel is delighted to be the first organisation that has partnered with Scottish Care to bring you a webinar on their work to develop a national flexible framework for care and support services.

Scotland Excel is currently working with a wide range of partners (including Scottish Care) to develop a national ‘flexible’ framework for care and support services which incorporates both care at home and supported living services. This will give the flexibility for services to be purchased separately under the framework where required.

Our main aim is to develop a framework which will allow maximum choice for people using services to choose the care and service provider who best meets their needs. In addition, we hope that the framework will promote a holistic approach to delivering care and support and focus on the achievement of personal outcomes and facilitate the provision of innovative approaches to promoting choice and control. We recognise the importance of the Health and Social Care Standards and through our service specification we hope that they will be embedded into service delivery.

To date, 22 Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs) in Scotland have confirmed a preference for Scotland Excel to develop a national framework for care and support and we anticipate that additional HSCPs will join the framework throughout its term.

We are making full use of the light touch regime to allow new providers to apply to be on the framework at set periods throughout its four-year duration. Providers on the framework will also be able to amend, change and add to the types of service they provide and the care groups that they support.

Scotland Excel has and will continue to engage with partners as we take this work forward. We anticipate that the development of the specification of requirements and approach to rates will be two important elements of this work. We have already run a number of events with providers and their representative groups to get their input, before, incorporating this information in to our work.

We are delighted to be taking part in this webinar which will allow us to discuss our work and answer any questions participants may have.

If you can’t attend the webinar, we would be happy to hear from you directly with any queries or input. We also have a provider distribution list where information will be disseminated. Please email us on [email protected] if additional members from your organisation should be added to this list.

Edmund McKay, Category Manager Adult Social Care at Scotland Excel

Those who wish to attend the webinars must be members of Scottish Care.

The first webinar is scheduled for Thursday 15th August at 10:00 am.

Link to webinar:

Webinar ID: 248-225-386

‘Stay in Scotland’ Campaign: Support for EU citizens working in Scotland

As the UK prepares to leave the EU, the Scottish Government has created a package of support to help EU citizens stay in Scotland. This also offers support and guidance to those who employ staff from the EU.

Their package of support includes:

  • £250,000 of dedicated resource for community based support across Scotland
  • a support and advice service for EU citizens with more complex needs or particular challenges. This is currently being rolled out with more information available at:
  • a ‘Stay in Scotland’ toolkit to support EU citizens and employers with EU staff which includes a poster, a factsheet, digital content and guides


For more information and guidance please visit:

2019 Care Home Awards now open for entries

We're delighted to announce that the 2019 Care Home Awards are now open for entries!

A perfect opportunity to recognise colleagues, services and residents

Scottish Care would like to invite you to enter your company, staff and service users for the Care Home Awards 2019. Last year’s event was a great success and recognised the work of fantastic staff and providers whilst also giving positive visibility to this often neglected sector.

The entry forms have been made shorter and easier to complete, with  online entry and guidance available on which awards are designated for individuals, teams and companies. As you can see there are 13 award categories for the 2019 Awards.


Award Categories

  1. Ancillary & Support Staff Award
  2. Nutrition & Eating Well Award
  3. Meaningful Activity Award
  4. Training, Learning & Staff Development Award
  5. Emerging Talent Award
  6. Outstanding Achievement Award
  7. Management & Leadership Award
  8. Palliative & End of Life Care Practise Award
  9. Nurse of the Year Award
  10. Carer of the Year Award
  11. Specialist Service/ Unit of the Year Award
  12. Care Home Service of the Year Award
  13. Positive Impact Award

Good luck everyone!

Welcome to Care Home Celebration Day 2019!

Today (Wednesday 17 July) Scottish Care is organising the first Care Home Celebration Day in Scotland

This is largely an online, awareness raising week aimed at busting myths about and celebrating care homes in Scotland, the role they play in communities and telling the good news stories about those who live in, work in or engage with them.

Throughout the day, we will be celebrating the following elements of care home life and work:

  • Activity & wellbeing
  • Workforce
  • Technology
  • Palliative & end of life care
  • Reform & resources

You can follow the day's activity at

You can get involved on Twitter & LinkedIn using #carehomecelebration19

We're delighted to start the day with a message of support from the Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport, Jeane Freeman MSP

Partners for Integration event – 5 September 2019

The Integration story: Trust, engagement, relationship building, and innovati

Join us as we highlight collaboration, improvement and shared values on the integration journey

On Thursday 5th September, the Partners for Integration team are hosting their annual event; join us as we showcase & celebrate collaboration and innovation across HSCP areas. People are at the heart of integration; whether that’s people who access care and support, colleagues across HSCPs sharing knowledge and skills or the independent and 3rd sector care providers delivering valuable services.

Scottish Care’s Partners for Integration team plays a vital role in the  delivery of integration; building relationships with key stakeholders to create a shared vision, supporting the delivery of local and national improvement programs, contributing to strategic planning and local engagement, these are some examples of the work currently underway in different partnership areas. Come and meet the team, hear about our role in integration and how we can support the improvement journey.

The event is designed to support the integration agenda and is initially targeted at Chief Officers & Senior Managers within the Health & Social Care Partnerships.

Care Tech 2 event – Friday 23 August

Following the success of our first technology event, Scottish Care is delighted to once again host our Technology and Digital event, Care Tech 2, an event dedicated to the design, development, use and future potential of technology in the Scottish social care sector.

The event will be held in the University of Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre on Friday 23rd August 2019.

Technology has an increasingly important role to play in all our lives. In social care, technology is being used to enable individuals to maintain their independence for as long as possible, to support staff more effectively in their work, and to ensure that individuals remain in control of their supports for as long as possible.

As well as hearing about cutting edge innovation, the event will provide an opportunity to consider what technology might mean for you in your home or workplace.This event will explore some of the most creative technologies now available and some which are currently under development, and will bring together designers and developers, alongside people who us and work in social care services.

Take part in important EU Exit survey for care services by 12 July

The Scottish Government is working with a wide range of local and national organisations to help support contingency planning in the social care sector in response to the possibility of a No Deal EU exit. As part of this work they have commissioned Scottish Care to research the social care sector’s preparedness, levels of contingency planning and resilience factors. This will mean over the next few months as part of this work, they will be looking for sector leaders to share their concerns in 3 separate survey’s. These surveys will start by looking at clinical consumables.

The Scottish Government will use the results of these surveys to understand better how it can support the social care sector to minimise disruptions if the supply of clinical consumables was to be affected by shortages or failures in deliveries.

If you are a provider or a leader in the social care sector who is concerned about possible disruptions and you manage a care service, the Scottish Government would really like to hear from you and your support in completing this survey would be most appreciated.

Please see survey link below:

Please complete the survey by 12 July 2019.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Elaine Rae – [email protected]