Fair Work in Scotland’s Social Care Sector 2019

The Fair Work Convention has published its report Fair Work in Scotland’s Social Care Sector 2019

Scottish Care participated in the work of the Commission during the research that informed this report through Strathclyde University.

Scottish Care CEO, Dr Donald Macaskill said:

“As a member of the Commission, Scottish Care welcomes the broad conclusions of the Fair Work Commission’s report and we wholeheartedly support any work that seeks to drive forward human rights and equality in relation to the social care workforce.


“The research on fair work undertaken by Strathclyde University and the Commission’s own work highlight that the major issue for fair work in social care is the way in which we as a country continue to purchase and commission care.  The model we have currently is profoundly disempowering for the worker and profoundly negative for terms and conditions.


“We are not critical of the concept of supporting the worker’s voice but to do so within a system that still purchases care by the minute, that treats people in a very transactional way in relation to commissioning, that prioritises getting more for less and which continues to devalue social care work, means that this voice in reality is a voice in silence.


“We are not going to sufficiently advance fair work if we don’t change the system.  To achieve fairness in the workplace, we need fairness in social care contracts.


“Scottish Care is also concerned that where providers have sought to transform the way in which care is delivered by creating self-led and self-managed teams, that such empowering of the frontline worker has been resisted and under-resourced.


“In its own structures Scottish Care seeks to ensure that there is a mandatory front line worker voice contributing to debate and policy formation. This has led us to focus on areas of particular importance to the workforce such as worker mental health support, support for bereavement, and more focus on equipping the workforce in particular skills relating to dementia and palliative and end of life care.


“It is a matter of real sadness to us that resources for equipping the workforce through learning and development are continually depleted and reduced in contracts. Again, we believe we will not reform the social care workforce until we change the broken system which continues to seek to purchase care on the cheap.”

2019/20 Residential Care Charging Rules

The Scottish Government has issued a 2019/20 advance notice on changes to care home charges regarding:

  • Free Personal and Nursing Care Payments
  • Personal Expenses Allowance (PEA)
  • Capital Limits
  • Savings Disregards

These figures will be in place from April 2019.

To see full details of the advance notice, click here.

Scottish Care welcomes new report on Health and Social Care Integration

Since 2016, work has been underway across Scotland to integrate health and social care services in line with the requirements of the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014.

Evidence is emerging of good progress in local systems which has also meant that independent sector providers have been more involved and engaged. However this has been patchy at best.

The pace and effectiveness of integration need to increase. At a health debate in the Scottish Parliament on 2 May 2018, the then Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport undertook that a review of progress by Integration Authorities would be taken forward with – the Ministerial Strategic Group for Health and Community Care.

Scottish Care has been pleased to be involved in this review of Health and Social Care Integration by having membership of the group through our CEO Dr Donald Macaskill.

The purpose of this review is to help ensure we increase our pace in delivering all of the objectives at the heart of integration.

A report has been published which draws together the group’s proposals for ensuring the success of integration.


Commenting on the publication Dr Macaskill stated:

“The success of integration is central to achieving positive outcomes for those who use both health and social care services. I am pleased that the independent care sector has been recognised as a critical player in achieving this success.

Care home, care at home and housing support providers from the independent sector will continue to engage constructively and to work collaboratively with our statutory partners to achieve the real change we all want to see happen.”






Changes being made to MySSSC

Many of you will already have been contacted by the SSSC about the changes and improvements which will be taking place in MySSSC in February. Please see below a brief Employer Guide which will give you an outline of some of the most significant changes.

Please note that while the system is being upgraded, there will be no employer or registrant access to MySSSC from Thursday 7th February until Monday 11th February.

More information will be shared by the SSSC over the coming weeks but if you have any questions about these changes please contact the Registration Team at the SSSC.


Alzheimer Scotland – new report

Yesterday (22 January) Alzheimer Scotland launched their new report, Delivering Fair Dementia Care For People with Advanced Dementia.

It seeks to urgently address the inequalities that people living with advanced dementia face every day under the current social care model.

The report calls for the Scottish Government, local government and health boards to accept and recognise that people with advanced dementia must have the equality of access to free health care on a par with people who are living with other progressive and terminal illnesses. The report also highlights the current complexity, variability and lack of transparency in social care charging policies across Scotland.

Alzheimer Scotland will be campaigning over the coming months for these decision makers to take the report’s recommendations on board and act on them.

Nutrition Resource

Nutrition is a hugely significant factor in the delivery of quality care for people living in care homes and their own homes all across the country. Colleagues at NHS Highland have produced a newsletter, Nutrition News, highlighting positive and innovative food, fluid and nutritional care across their locality in a variety of settings that will be of interest to anyone involved in the care and wellbeing of older people wherever they may be.