Good Life Good Death Good Grief: Scottish Compassionate Communities Network

Good Life Good Death Good Grief is launching a new Scottish Compassionate Communities Network on Mon 8 Oct at the Charteris Centre, Edinburgh.

The network is for people and organisations who want to get involved in practical work to build compassion in their own community, with a particular focus on improving people’s experiences of deteriorating health, death, dying and bereavement.

The event will give network members a chance to meet each other, discuss the potential creation of a Scottish Compassionate Communities toolkit, and learn about community development approaches.

This event is only open to people who have signed up to be part of the Compassionate Communities Network. However, it is free to join the network and you can sign up here. Once you’ve signed up, you can book a free place at the event here.

For more information please contact Robert Peacock – Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care – [email protected]

Development Opportunity: Leadership for Integration

Leadership for Integration is offered in partnership by NHS Education for Scotland, the Scottish Social Services Council and the Royal College of General Practitioners (Scotland), receives its funding from the Scottish Government and has recently been extended with new cohorts commencing September 2018.

Leadership for Integration aims to support health and social care integration in Scotland. It comprises of two development opportunities for primary care and social care professionals including GPs, senior primary care professionals, and middle or senior managers in statutory, third or independent social care organisations who are working in lead roles in health and social care partnerships or localities to shape, develop and deliver integrated care.

It has two parts: one programme aimed at individuals and another focusing on groups:

You as a Collaborative Leader (YaCL) – four month programme for individuals, comprising two workshops and three coaching sessions.

Participants in the first five YaCL cohorts said it developed:

  • Personal leadership styles necessary for integrated working
  • Insights into personal patterns of behavior and blockages
  • Greater sense of personal role and potential influence


“It was genuinely one of the most useful experiences professionally. I have never had

supervision which has allowed me to focus on who I am and what I bring to my role and how

I can affect change in such a structured, interesting and challenging way. Each session reinvigorated my motivation to do a good job.” (HSCP manager, YaCL)


Collaborative Leadership in Practice (CLiP) – six months group coaching and facilitation to develop positive group dynamics amongst primary health care and social care professionals in localities to develop collaborative leadership practices for effective integrated care.


Feedback from over 30 full CLiP sites across 21 HSCP areas point to:

  • Greater willingness to recognise and explore individual and group assumptions
  • Greater honesty, less defensiveness and open acknowledgement of fears or anxieties
  • Greater confidence amongst GPs and other practitioners in talking to patients and referring them to other services, including non-clinical services

“…use of a mental health team member in a practice setting, that hadn’t been able to recruit GP’s, which ultimately led to fewer prescriptions.”


“CLIP has helped us all to get the imagination going. We share more and are more open.

We’re not assuming so much about each other. We’re not assuming that the other person

understands our work. And when we do this, the ideas get better. It’s small-scale, but it’s

what we can do.” (East Kilbride, CLIP)



Applications for a further two cohorts of YaCL are now open.  To apply, complete the application here or on the flyer. We anticipate that interest in places will be high and you are encouraged to apply promptly.

Applications for both Cohort 1 & 2 should be submitted by Friday 7th September 2018.


To apply for CLiP in your locality please register your interest by contacting Julie Higgins, on email [email protected] by 7th September 2018.


Leadership for Integration Flyer

Social Services Expo – 26 September 2018

Social Services Expo

The Social Work Services Strategic Forum is bringing the Scottish Social Services Expo to BT Murrayfield Stadium on 26 September 2018. This day will recognise and celebrate the work of the social services sector in Scotland and will provide an opportunity to learn about current innovation and developments across our social services.

The event will be for social services practitioners from all areas including local government, the voluntary and independent sectors. It is a one day event which will comprise a mixture of workshops, speakers and a market place to showcase innovative services and approaches from across the sector. The event will be free to attend as a delegate. Further details and booking information via the link below:

Social Services Expo 2018

Statement on the need for an Independent Commission on Funding Social Care

Scottish Care Statement in response to recent media:

Dr Donald Macaskill, CEO Scottish Care commented:

“The way in which we fund social care is critical to creating Scotland into a place which we all want to grow old in. Scottish Care has for some time been calling on all political parties to get around the table and establish an Independent Commission on Funding Social Care. This is an urgent task. In order to maximise the benefits of having people live longer, to build on the potential of health and social care integration, and to address the crisis in social care service sustainability we need to start urgently to plan for our future.

The Which report highlighting the lack of planning people make for their future and the potential of a Care ISA south of the border add even greater urgency to this debate.

If we are to continue to have and to further develop high quality rights based care for all our older citizens in Scotland then we need to start planning. The alternative is to sleep walk into a future where those who can afford to will purchase high quality care and those who cannot will be left with a poorly funded, resource drained, lesser alternative.”


Scottish Care Autumn Care Roadshow

Scottish Care is pleased to announce an Autumn Care Roadshow to take place across Scotland from September through to early November.

These eleven events will provide an opportunity for members and those interested in joining Scottish Care or those who would simply like to hear about our work, to consider the range of topics facing the care and support of older people across Scotland. We will be covering issues facing the care home, care at house and housing support sector.

There will be an opportunity to meet and hear from the Scottish Care CEO Dr Donald Macaskill and the National Director, Karen Hedge.

In every location we are delighted to be able to share the outcomes of a research project conducted by the School of Innovation at the Glasgow School of Art which has been exploring the ‘Future of Care’ for the care at home and housing support sectors in Scotland.

In some locations an additional afternoon session will be held by our Workforce Matters team who will explore specific themes related to the work they have been undertaking on recruitment and retention, palliative and end of life care, mental health and well-being and other topics.

A programme is available under each diary entry on our website.

Pan Ayrshire: Monday 1st October 10.00-1.30 pm

Highlands: Tuesday 2nd October 10.00 – 3.00pm

Edinburgh and Lothians: Thursday 4th October 10.00 – 1.30pm

Dumfries and Galloway: Friday 5th October 10.00-3pm

Fife: Tuesday 9th October 10.00 – 1.30pm

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray: Thursday 11th October 10.00 -3.00pm

Lanarkshire: Friday 12th October 10.00am -1.30pm

Forth Valley: Tuesday 23rd October, 10.00 -1.30 pm

Glasgow and surrounding area: Friday 26th October 10.00- 1.30pm

Borders: Tuesday 6th November 10.00-1.30pm

Each workshop will be highly participative and interactive in nature. Please email Swaran Rakhra, [email protected] if you would like to book a free place(s).

Going the extra mile – CWC event

Each year Scottish Care has a nominated charity we support in various ways – as some of you may be aware, in 2018 that charity is the Care Workers Charity.

CWC are launching a national ‘Care Workers Charity Day’ on the 30th of July. As part of this they are asking the care sector to put on some kind of event, ideally a mile walk, to raise awareness, publicity for the care sector and essential funds for the charity. If you’d like to get involved or are looking for more details please see the event pack below.

Event pack - going the extra mile

Palliative & End of Life Care: NES event

Due to demand, NES (NHS Education Scotland) are running another workshop specifically for front line workers and would welcome applicants from care homes and care at home organisations.

The workshop is to take place on 29 August, 2018.

To register please follow:

See full event details below: