Scottish Social Services Awards 2019

The Scottish Social Services Awards 2019 will shortly be seeking nominations and the organisers are keen for the social care sector to be involved.

Please see the details below regarding the nominations, which open in January.



The 2019 Scottish Social Services Awards will open in the New Year, inviting individuals, teams and organisations working across social services to enter or nominate someone worthy of an accolade.

Building on the success of the previous 2 years, they still include 10 distinct categories, designed to acknowledge innovation and recognise work which helps vulnerable people in our communities. We are looking for those who strive to make change happen, demonstrate a different or enlightened approach and the bright sparks of the future.

Our 2019 special Policy Focus award will be on mental health services in recognition of the importance of mental health services for everyone across our society.

The awards will be open for entries online from 7 January 2019, with a closing date of 15 February 2019. In the meantime, you can start planning what to enter by reviewing the full list of categories, along with our entry guidance and hints and tips on our website.

Be sure to check out our 2018 winners’ entries and films to see what makes a winning entry and the standards our judges will be looking for. Please follow us on social media and like and share our posts for #SSSA19.

Survey of podiatry provision in care homes

Please see below details from a group of researchers who are looking into podiatry in a care home setting. They are requesting input from Scottish Care members to their short survey, which you will find the link to at the foot of this post.

Researchers from the Universities of Dundee and Newcastle are interested in finding out the level of service provision for podiatry in care homes. The level of podiatry provision varies between the different areas of Scotland a great deal and we are interested in capturing the level of podiatry input currently received by care homes across Scotland.

As far as we know, no one has ever asked care homes what sort of podiatry input they get, and to what extent provision comes from the NHS or the private sector. In the long term, it is hoped that the survey will inform future research that our team here at the University of Dundee plan undertake in care homes around the role of podiatry in falls prevention. The survey is very short with only 6 questions, and will take less than one minute to complete. Thank you.



Scottish Human Rights Commission launch #AllOurRights10 films to mark progress on human rights in Scotland

The Commission turns ten years old on International Human Rights Day (December 10), when there will also be celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The #AllOurRights10 campaign is underpinned by ten short films sharing ten people's perspectives on human rights issues in Scotland, from rights in social care to children's rights to privacy to rights in community development. The films will be released on social media in the ten days running up to 10 December with a final highlights film being published on Monday 10 December.

The ten films feature different people and their unique perspectives on promoting and protecting human rights, including people with lived experience of rights issues, civil society advocates and people working in public authorities.

The first of the #AllOurRights10 films features our own CEO Donald Macaskill, talking about rights in social care.

Dementia Champions Programme – accepting applications until 8 December

The Scottish Government are supporting 100 people to take this 5 day professional development course, with 22 places available to social service workers in appropriate roles. It will support participants to achieve knowledge and skills at the Enhanced dementia practice level, as described in Promoting Excellence: a framework for all health and social service staff working with people with dementia, their families and carers (2011). On completing the course, Dementia Champions have access to a support network to connect them to ongoing professional development opportunities.

You are encouraged to apply if you are:

  • working in a senior role with organisational support to implement both small and large scale change;
  • working in a hospital setting e.g. hospital based social worker, or at the interface between hospital and community-based support
  • working in a care home, care at home or other social care organisation.

The course will begin in April and end in August 2019.

Applications from social service workers must reach the SSSC by FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER 2018.

Email [email protected] to request an application pack.


Funding Opportunity for Nurses

Applications are now open for The General Nursing Council for Scotland (Education) Fund and Margaret Callum Rodger Award. The awards are an education and learning opportunity for registered nurses and midwives to undertake educational developments, study tours or carry out small scale projects, all of which must make a difference to patient or client care.

The Fund will close for submission of applications at 5.00pm on Wednesday 23rd January 2019.

Further information about the scholarship and the application form can be found on the NES website practitioners/general-nursing-council.aspx

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