Palliative and End of Life Care Survey

NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council are presently carrying out a survey on palliative and end of life care needs.


All workers, including specialist and generalist, clinical and non-clinical, in health and social care who have contact with people with palliative care needs, those nearing the end of life or who are dying are asked to take part in this survey. Your feedback will inform the development of an education and development framework for Palliative and End of Life Care for the health and social services workforce in Scotland. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. You do not have to share your name or any personal information in this survey. Survey results will be summarised and shared at regional and national level.

The closing date for the survey is the 19th of October 2016.  Please encourage colleagues / staff to participate before the survey closes.

The survey can be accessed by following the link



RCNi Learning – CPD E-Learning to support nurses through revalidation



From our colleagues at the RCN :

RCNi Learning – CPD E-Learning to support nurses through revalidation


As part of the Royal College of Nursing, we have used our catalogue of industry expertise to develop RCNi Learning, a valuable e-Learning library with approximately 150 CPD accredited courses included. RCNi Learning has been designed to support nurses with essential training and support through the revalidation process.

Many trusts, practices and private organisations are utilising this expertise to provide their nurses with this valuable and essential resource, ensuring they provide best practice training to their staff.

Supporting your nurses with best practice training is fundamental to successful revalidation, and many nurses are now looking for packages which offer comprehensive revalidation resources.


Best Practice

This interactive e-Learning platform meets and exceeds most standards set for CPD e-Learning.  As part of Royal College of Nursing, all modules have been rigorously assessed and are all Fully RCN Accredited. Having the RCN seal of approval offers assurance that you are providing best practice training to your nurses. Please ask for a demonstration of how you can provide this training for your staff.


RCNi Learning will provide your staff with the following:

  • On line/off line access to approximately 150 fully RCN accredited CPD e-Learning modules
  • Over 50 specialist areas for both qualified nurses and students
  • Pre & post assessments to benchmark knowledge at key points within the learning
  • RCN Certification for each module – can be auto saved into RCNi Portfolio
  • Opportunity to create reflective accounts for each module
  • Fully RCN accredited content
  • Regular updates providing new and peer reviewed content
  • Off line app providing on demand training for your staff 24/7
  • Access across all devices


RCNi Learning will provide management with:

  • Full reporting & tracking facilities to check progression and highlight potential skills gaps
  • Full visibility of staff progress
  • Full administration rights
  • Options to customise
  • Options to use own LMS
  • Options to add your own modules


Making RCNi Learning available to nurses, you will be providing them with quality and best practice training through the revalidation process, making the process comfortable and less daunting. Being on the front line we hear the pain points from institutions and nurses, and RCNi is becoming the industry solution for revalidation support.


Ultimate revalidation package


RCNi Portfolio & RCNi Learning

RCNi also provide a revalidation portfolio which nurses can use to store all evidence, track hours and manage revalidation.  The portfolio provides an essential resource to revalidating nurses to help keep all evidence in one easy to use on line space. Its compatibility with the RCNi e-Learning provides the Ultimate Revalidation Package and institutions can purchase together as one complete revalidation licence.

For an on line demo please go to our website:

RCNi Learning Demo


Drop me an email at: [email protected]

I look forward to speaking with you soon.


Kind regards

Julie Kittle

Portfolio & e-Learning Solutions Manager

Tel: 0208 872 3183

Tel:  07825 750 798

Audit Scotland Report



The Audit Scotland report on Social Work in Scotland has now been published.

Scottish Care welcomes this report and recommends all our members have a read of the document.

This can be downloaded from the following link:


To discuss the details of this document please contact

Dr Donald Macaskill, CEO of Scottish care at [email protected]

or Becca Gatherum, Policy and Research Manager Scottish Care  becca.[email protected]

or phone our head office on 01292 270 240.



Luminate 2016 is just a few weeks away!


Luminate 2016 is just a few weeks away!

October is just around the corner and we are looking forward to a busy month of events and creative activities for all ages. In a programme that features dance, drama, music, visual arts, storytelling, photography and crafts – whatever your age and wherever you are in Scotland, there will be something for everyone during Luminate 2016.

Festival highlights include Fishamble’s Forgotten. Starting at the Tron Theatre on Saturday 1 October, this captivating portrayal by Pat Kinevane of four older characters living in retirement homes and care facilities around Ireland will tour to three venues during Luminate. Dance lovers should also look out for PRIME, Quicksilver and Gracenote’s Carry On Dancing. The three elder dance companies will travel to Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness performing to a varied soundtrack including the Rolling Stones and fresh hip hop tunes. Their tour begins at Dance Base in Edinburgh on Sunday 2 October.

To browse all of this year’s creative events and activities, visit our website at You can also request a copy of the brochure, by dropping us an email at [email protected] or calling us on 0131 668 8066.



Dee Ukes performing aboard HM Frigate Unicorn at our media launch on Tuesday. You can see the group perform on 22 October during Luminate 2016.

Image (C) Alistair Kerr


Would you like to contribute to the Luminate blog?
During the busy month of October we will be sharing Luminate news and events from across Scotland and we’d love to include some of your stories. It could be a review of a theatre performance you’ve attended, or you might want to tell people about your experience at a dance workshop. If this is something that you’re interested in please do get in touch with [email protected] for more information.

September Newsletter from the Dementia Services Development Centre



The Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) based in Stirling is an international centre of knowledge and expertise dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia.

The organisation have just released their September newsletter which is full of great information, resources and sector news. With a focus on communication and dementia there’s a great resource aid for improving your communication and it’s certainly a useful resource for anyone caring for people with dementia and their families.

There are features on design in the home and it’s implications for those living with dementia as well as articles on sexuality and dementia and legal aspects of living with dementia.

There are also a list of dementia related events from DSDC from which more information is available via the newsletter including:

Training and events

Understanding Distressed Behaviour 28 September, Stirling
Best Practice in Dementia Care 4-5 October, Bristol
Meaningful Activity for People with Dementia 18-19 October, Stirling
Alcohol and Dementia 25 October, Stirling
Best Practice in Dementia Care 26-27 October, Stirling
Introduction to Dementia Design 27 October, Stirling  Early bird rate available
Dementia Design School 8-9 November, Stirling  Early bird rate available
Alcohol and Dementia 15 November, Bristol  Early bird rate available
Meaningful Activity for People with Dementia 16 November, Bristol  Early bird rate available
Understanding Distressed Behaviour 6 December, Stirling  Early bird rate available



You can check out the newsletter here:







SSSC Registration dates set for supervisors in housing support and care at home services

Registration dates set for supervisors in housing support and care at home services

All supervisors in housing support and care at home services must be registered by 30 June 2017. The SSSC have set the deadline date of 31 December 2016 for applications to register to guarantee that their registration will be complete by the required date of 30 June 2017.

The advice from the SSSC is not leave it until the last minute; submit your applications as soon as possible.

Did you start your job after 1 July 2014?

The above deadline only applies to workers who were in post before 1 July 2014.  Any worker who started after 1 July 2014 must apply for registration as soon as possible after they start employment and must be registered within six months of starting in their role.

Definitions of “supervisors”

Supervisors in housing support services are defined as “workers who hold responsibilities for providing and supervising the provision of care and/or support provided directly to a user of a housing support service”.

Supervisors in care at home services are defined as “workers who have responsibility for supervising workers and overseeing and monitoring the implementation of care plans”.

You can find more at

Anyone carrying out duties described in the definition should apply for registration as a supervisor. If you are a supervisor in both housing support and care at home you must apply for registration on both parts of the Register.

Registration of support workers in care at home and housing support services

The Scottish Government is yet to advise when the Register will open for support workers in a housing support service and support workers in a care at home service. Once confirmation is received full information will be posted on the SSSC and Scottish Care websites.

Consultation on Scottish Governments response to UK apprenticeship levy

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The UK Government announced its plans to introduce a UK wide apprenticeship levy from April 2017.

Employers will pay 0.5% of their annual pay bill in excess of £3m through the PAYE system. Scottish Ministers will decide how to allocate Scotland’s share of the levy and would like to work with employers to shape their response to its introduction.

Modern Apprenticeships play an increasingly important part in Scotland’s approach to workforce development and youth employment. In partnership with employers and training providers, the Scottish Government has increased the number of Modern Apprenticeship opportunities to 26,000 in 2016/17. As part of Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy Developing the Young Workforce the Scottish Government is committed to increasing the number of opportunities to 30,000 a year by 2020.

Employers can complete a survey to give their views on how levy funding coming to Scotland can be used to benefit employers, individuals and our economy as a whole.

Find out more here

We encourage providers to submit their own responses to this consultation, or to feed their views into Becca Gatherum before the consultation deadline.

Contact Becca at

[email protected]

Read the latest on IRISS’ Pilotlight SDS project

Pilotlight is working with co-design teams of people who use and deliver services across Scotland to design pathways to self-directed support.

Using a design approach, Pilotlight aims to demonstrate how to design support for seldom heard groups, provide more personalised and appropriate services and increase the marketplace of support providers.

Pilotlight Ageing Well co-designed a self-directed support pathway and resources for older people living in East Renfrewshire. The co-design team was made up of older people with dementia, their carers, health and social care practitioners and independent information and support providers. The team met to design together each month from September 2015 to April 2016.

Key learning points are that:

  • older people are assets to their communities
  • mapping and sharing community assets is crucial
  • health and social care workers should become skilled community connectors and
  • tackling transport barriers can reduce social isolation.
    information given about self-directed support needs to be consistent.
  • Option 2 could offer greater choice and control to older people for whom managing a direct payment is not possible.
  • replacing ‘time and task’ commissioning with annual budgets will release creativity and lead to better outcomes for older people.

Resources produced by the team include Inkwell portraits of the older people, an East Renfrewshire Community Asset MapCommunity Connecting ABCD guide, a transport brief, an SDS Checklist for information providers, an ‘Easy Steps’ guide to Option 2 and learning materials to support ‘Getting from Hours to Outcomes’.

IRISS would love to hear how you are using the resources. Any feedback or requests for adaptations can be made by email to Judith or Josie.


Supporting workforce development for self-directed support

SSSC’s work is supporting the social service workforce to build local skills and capacity for change.

A new evaluation report of the Scottish Social Services Council’s work has been published as part of the Self-Directed Support (SDS) Workforce Development Project.

The report highlights how the workforce is having to negotiate significant tensions between new and existing ways of working. However, change cannot come from the practice of individuals alone. We need significant shifts throughout the system to effectively implement SDS.

Workforce development programmes need to make sure the workforce is ready for and can sustain complex change. Workers meet considerable challenges in day-to-day work so workforce development needs to be human and help them get through their working day.

The Scottish Government SDS policy team said:

‘This report recognises the barriers and complexity in implementing self-directed support and highlights learning and support on how to work through these complexities.  It has relevance across the health and social care workforce.

‘It is important that the learning from this report is distilled and shared to support choice and control for people who rely on care and support.’

The critical friend evaluation report can be accessed here: