News Release: Call for an Older Persons Human Rights Convention

Call for an Older Persons Human Rights Convention

On the UN International Day of Older Persons, 1 October, The Five Nations Care Forum, comprising eight national social care organisations, added their voice to the urgent call for a United Nations Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.

Globally, between 2017 and 2030, the number of persons aged 60 years or over is projected to grow by 46 per cent (from 962 million to 1.4 billion).

This day is an opportunity to highlight the important contributions that older people make to society and to raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges of ageing in today’s world.

Older people have always played a significant role in society, yet they are at risk of ageism, discrimination, poverty and disability, because their rights are not respected.

Old age is something which should be valued, but societal attitudes fail to recognise the benefits and potential of older persons. Old age is seen as a challenge rather than an opportunity.

Across the UK and Republic of Ireland we join the call, led by HelpAge International, for a new convention on the rights of older people. We believe that this is a crucial way to make sure that all people enjoy their human rights in older age, and on an equal basis with others.

Notes for editors

1. The Five Nations Care Forum enables representative care organisations for England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales to explore shared agendas in relation to models of care, registration, regulation and social care policy. For more information see:

2. For further details on the importance of the Convention see:

3. Enquiries to [email protected] / 07584 659995


Take part in Arts in Care – Luminate’s creative project for care homes


Arts in Care is an ambitious new project developed by Luminate in collaboration with the Care Inspectorate, Creative Scotland and the Baring Foundation. The aim of Arts in Care is to embed high quality arts in care activity across Scotland, with a long-term aim to build the skills, capacity and strength of both the arts and care sectors. Artist training and professional development will run alongside a creative programme for residents and staff in 30 care homes across Scotland.

Opportunity for Care Homes

Luminate are now inviting care homes for older people to apply to take part in this project.

Each selected care home will host an artist to deliver 5 half-day creative sessions with residents and staff at no financial cost to the home. This activity will take place between February and May 2020, with dates and times to be agreed between participating artists and care homes.

30 care homes for older people from across Scotland will be selected, they are looking for a group of homes with a range of different attributes - urban and rural, mainland and islands, homes of different sizes and with different governance structures (local authority, private, voluntary/not for profit organisations); as well as a diversity of experience delivering creative activities.

Embedding creativity in care settings has been shown to be hugely beneficial to residents and staff, improving wellbeing, providing opportunities to socialise and to learn skills, as well as helping people living with dementia. There are already many examples of fantastic creativity happening across the sector, however we acknowledge that there can be barriers to facilitating such activities, whether that is due to limited resources and training, or the challenges of meeting the specific needs of individuals amongst a large group.

This project aims to build capacity, skills and confidence of the care sector through learning opportunities and knowledge exchange between artists and care staff.

Each selected care home will receive:
• 5 x 1/2 days of high quality creative activity delivered by skilled artists, at no cost to the home.
• Opportunities for residents, staff and managers to engage in activities to develop skills, confidence and creativity.
• Participation in a Scotland-wide project with ambitions for long-term impact on the sector.

Each participating care home will commit to the following:
• Care home manager and other staff will meet with the artist in advance, to help him/her plan the project. Activity coordinators are also welcome if there is one.
• Care home staff will support residents’ engagement with the creative activity during each visit.
• Supporting staff and managers to participate in sessions to enhance their own learning and development
• Care home manager and other relevant staff will contribute to the evaluation of the project (an independent evaluation body is to be appointed, and will produce an evaluation report which will be published at the end of the project).
• Please note that you must seek permission from residents/family members before consenting to take part in this project as photographs, filming and other collection of data may take place.

Selection criteria

Please note that this opportunity is open to care homes who achieved grade 3 or above for all five key questions at their last inspection. If not all key questions were inspected against please use the grade from a previous inspection.

• How well do we support people’s wellbeing?
• How good is our leadership?
• How good is our staff team?
• How good is our setting?
• How well is our care planned?

Successful care homes will be able to demonstrate:
• How you will maximize the potential impact of the creative project in your care home.
• How you will support the artist and participating residents throughout the project.
• How you will support staff to participate meaningfully in the project and any activity.

Please note that the final selection will take into account the need for a geographical spread and mix of urban and rural locations, as well as a diversity of scale and governance and experience of supporting creative activity. The Arts in Care project will be supported by an Improvement Adviser from the Care Inspectorate.

How to apply

Interested care homes should:
• Apply in their own words as to why the feel their care home is suitable for this project, with particular emphasis on why they feel the arts are important to their residents and to overall wellbeing outcomes.
• Please include general (not confidential) details of any particular health needs of your residents that may need to be taken into account.
• Please include details of the expected number of residents taking part and any issues around space or facilitation.
• Include all this information in either one Word document or a PDF.

Please email your application to Lisa Maynard, Improvement Adviser, Care Inspectorate at [email protected] with ‘Arts in Care: Care Homes Opportunity’ in the subject line

All applications must be received by 23rd October at midday.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel comprising representatives from Luminate, Creative Scotland and the Care Inspectorate.

If you have any enquiries about this opportunity, please contact Lisa Maynard, Improvement Adviser, Care Inspectorate, ahead of the deadline: [email protected] / 01382 207393 / 07970405050.

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New SSSC careers website – start a life changing career in care

Are you looking for a job that makes a difference?

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) have just launched a new careers website - -which can help you start a career in Scotland's social services. This new website now replaces any other career websites by SSSC.

This website shows how someone can build a career working with children and young people, in social services and healthcare settings, or as a social worker.

The new website is simple and easy-to-use, featuring a range of information including:

  • careers stories from real social service workers
  • interactive qualification pathways to show how to enter the sector and progress in your career
  • links to opportunities to work, train or study
  • frequently asked questions with advice about funding, qualifications and more.

Anyone interested in a career in social service can use the website to make their first steps. Those who are already working in the sector can also use the website for inspiration regarding how their career could progress.


Guidance Document on Human Rights Charter for Technology and Digital in Social Care

Scottish Care and partners have been developing a 'Human Rights Charter for Technology and Digital in Social Care' over the past year, involving work from developers and designers, providers and practitioners, residents and citizens we use social care support. This charter details 17 principles that should be followed when using technology in the care of people in Scotland. A guidance document has also been produced which briefly discusses each principle individually and suggests how they can be used to support the human rights of individuals and communities in the use of technology and digital in social care.

We encourage you to take a look through the Guidance Document and Charter below.

It is our hope that any readers, whether from organisations, members and individuals will want to sign up to the Charter. We are currently creating a distinct page for this, but in the meantime please email [email protected] stating your name and we will get back to you soon.

Tech guidance

Tech charter

‘Always caring, always nursing’ celebration

This year marks 100 years since the establishment of the Nurses Registration Act 1919. This act brought together nurses under one profession in the pursuit of ever-improving care and greater trust from the public. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is honouring this historic occasion through the 'Always caring, always nursing' celebration, which celebrates the expertise, experience and knowledge that nurses have which makes them the most trusted profession in the UK.

The celebration started on the Saturday 14 September 2019 and will last 100 days, with a range of different activities and events planned overthe Autumn months.

Throughout the 100 days, nurses are encouraged to share any interesting or inspiring stories that NMC could use on their website, blogs, social media, videos and news articles.

Do you know anyone with an interesting story? It could be about their professional journey, or something outside of work that brings to life what nursing means. Do you know someone who has come from a long line of nurses? Or maybe you know an inspirational nurse who has gone above and beyond to deliver exceptional care?

If you know anyone who you think embodies what being a nurse is all about, you can either get in touch by emailing [email protected] or by visiting NMC'S website website and submitting their story online here:

Nursing has always been vital for the care home sector, with over 5,000 nurses employed by Scottish Care member organisations across Scotland. These individuals are key contributors in the delivery of quality, person-centred care and support to some of our most vulnerable citizens. Therefore, Scottish Care strongly encourages you to take part of this 100 day celebration, and help raise awareness and recognise the professional pride and important role nurses play in our society.

For more information please see:


Take part in Care Inspectorate’s senior-level, strategic discussion forum

Care Inspectorate will being hosting 'Quality Conversations' - their senior-level and strategic discussion forum. This allows executive and senior teams to connect meaningfully and productively at a strategic level, with peers across the care sector.

Quality Conversations help shape and inform the work that the Care Inspectorate does: their corporate direction; consistency of scrutiny; their stance on policy development; how they comply with legislation, support improvement, regulate and inspect, work with partners and so on.

This forum discusses key messages from the Care Inspectorate: quality and improvement; future plans and strategic direction; corporate policy positions and so on, to shape a care sector together that meets the needs and rights of people, national standards and legislation.

If you are an executive or senior representative of a care service provider or umbrella organisation with a direct interest in care services,  then this is your opportunity to discuss and influence the big topics directly in detail.

Their Glasgow events are now fully booked, but there are still spaces available for their events in Perth on Wednesday 13 November 2019 in the morning (10:00am - 12:45pm) and the afternoon (1:30pm-4.15pm). This will be held at the National Christian Outreach Centre, Riggs Road, Perth, PH1 1PR.  You can book for free, quickly and easily by clicking the following buttons below.

Please email [email protected] for more details.

Infection Control Care Home Train the Trainer Programme

NHS Education for Scotland in collaboration with the Care Inspectorate produced the Preventing Infection in Care DVD.

A trainer programme was developed in 2016 to support the implementation of learning from the DVD and to build local capacity to deliver the education programme.

Cohort 7 of this programme is now open for applications up to 5 September 2019.

The programme is aimed at care home staff with an education remit. Applications will be accepted from all sizes of care homes and from NHS, private and local authority care homes.

Find out more by clicking here.

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]

Herbert Protocol launched in Edinburgh

Launch of the Herbert Protocol in Edinburgh

The Herbert Protocol is an information gathering tool to assist the police to find a person living with dementia who has been reported missing as quickly as possible.

The Herbert Protocol was launched in Edinburgh on 4 June and we are encouraging people to find out more about the Herbert Protocol and pass the information on to anyone that it may be helpful for.

Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership, Police Scotland, Scottish Care and Alzheimer Scotland have been working in partnership to increase awareness and promote use of the Herbert Protocol in Edinburgh.

The Herbert Protocol is a nationally recognised scheme supported and endorsed by Police Scotland.  The initiative was first developed by Norfolk Police. It is named after George Herbert, a war veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia. George Herbert died whilst ‘missing’, trying to find his childhood home.


Who is it for?

The Protocol can be used for anyone who has a dementia diagnosis and may be at risk of going missing. People living with dementia often have loss of short term memory but can easily recall memories from decades earlier. Sometimes those who are reported missing are attempting to make their way to a place of previous significance to them.


What is it and how does it work?

The Herbert Protocol is an information gathering tool that encourages carers and families to record vital information on a form. This can be handed to police in the event of someone going missing.

It helps police to quickly access important information, avoiding unnecessary delays in gathering information at a time of crisis. The form records vital information such as where the person grew up, favourite places, former or current hobbies, GP contact details, medication, daily routine, a picture of the person with consent to share this on social media should it be required.

Once complete, the form can be retained by carers, or placed within the home or care setting in a safe but prominent position, so the information is easily available to police when required.


The Herbert Protocol form can be found on the Police Scotland Edinburgh webpage along with other information

Please pass on information on the Herbert Protocol to anyone it may be of use to. This can include colleagues, friends and family affected by dementia in Edinburgh. The completed form can be stored electronically as well as in paper form, but it is important that the family and friends of the person with dementia are the ones who keep the form.


If you require a large quantity of printed forms or wish to arrange for someone to come a speak to staff about this initiative, please contact Rachel Howe on [email protected] to arrange.  You can also send her any questions you may have.