Advanced Nurse Practitioner events

NHS Education for Scotland, in collaboration with the Transforming Nursing Roles (TNR) Advanced Practice group, is hosting 3 regional events that will:

  • Inform delegates of the national approach to advanced practice and the Scottish Government’s commitment that 500 additional ANPs will be trained by 2021.
  • Provide guidance on the Service/education needs analysis that Scottish Government will request all Boards to undertake.
  • Share and seek agreement on a set of national clinical competencies for the ANP role in the following areas of practice. These have been identified as national priorities by the TNR group.  
    • Paediatrics and neonates
    • Acute
    • Community and Primary care
    • Mental health

Nominations are welcomed from all advanced practitioners, practitioners/ANPs from the specified 4 clinical areas and service managers and clinical leads who will be involved in undertaking the service/education needs analysis.

Please send nominations to [email protected] by  Monday 20th February.

March 20th    10 – 3pm               Glasgow,  Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
March 24th     10 – 3pm Aberdeen, Suttie Centre
March 30th    10 – 3pm Edinburgh , Scottish Health Services Centre

Leadership for Health and Social Care Integration – Free Workshops

Free workshops – various dates and locations

Readiness for Collaboration

How can I work better with my health and social care colleagues?

Integrating services across health and social care needs us all to collaborate effectively, but this can be a messy business! Our enthusiasm for progressing change is often accompanied by frustration about the difficulties of doing this.

Why is it so hard to collaborate effectively? Service transformation is about more than structure and process reorganisation. Differences in culture, approaches, roles, expectations, agendas, politics (and the rest) all make up the messiness of collaboration.

No one person or organisation has the answer, but we know that effective teams have the same things in common: trust and respect built up from developing relationships and connections. Where everyone feels safe and valued, and everyone’s voice is heard, they are much more open, ready and resilient in the face of change.

Leadership for Integration is offering free workshops on resilience and readiness for collaboration.  These are open to anyone who works in health and social care integration to improve outcomes for people who use their services.

The workshops will support you to:

–          recognise the factors that can affect your collaborative relationships

–          improve the conversations you have with your colleagues

–          use your sources of resilience to survive and thrive!

There are 40 places in each workshop, allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Click on your preferred location and date below to reserve your free place now.


Location Date Time Venue
Edinburgh Monday 6 March 09:30 – 12:30 RICS – 3rd floor, 125 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD


Glasgow Wednesday 15 March 09:30 – 12:30 The Grand Central Hotel, 99 Gordon Street, Glasgow, G1 3SF


Inverness Tuesday 21 March 09:30 – 12:30 Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Bishop’s Road, Inverness, IV3 5SA


Aberdeen Wednesday 22 March 09:30 – 12:30 Rox Hotel 17-23, Market Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5PY


Ayr Thursday 30 March 09:30 – 12:30 Mercure Ayr, Dalblair Road, Ayr, KA7 1UG



Leadership for Integration programmes are offered in joint partnership by NHS Education for Scotland, the Royal College of General Practitioners (Scotland) and the Scottish Social Services Council. Please contact them  if you’d like further information about any of their programmes.

Care catering for vegetarians and vegans: free webinars


Vegetarian for Life (VFL) are offering eight 40-minute webinars at 3pm on Tuesday afternoons from 31 January 2017.

The popularity of vegetarian and vegan diets is growing at an unprecedented rate in the UK.  There is a growing range of veggie food products in your local shops.  This means that the care sector catering is going to have to be prepared to respond to increasing demands for vegetarian and vegan dishes in the planning of menus.
VFL offer help and advice to help care services successfully meet the challenge.

VFL have teamed up with the Vegan Society to create a brand new webinar series, ‘Care catering for vegetarians and vegans’.  The webinar series consists of eight 40-minute online seminars that will run at 3pm on Tuesdays from 31 January 2017.

The webinars will cover most things that care staff will need to know about veggie care catering: Including what is a suitable diet to mastering new ingredients; from menu planning to hospital catering for all. Course certification is available.

Vegetarian for Life is the national charity supporting older vegetarians and vegans. They work with the care sector caterers is one of our key priorities.

The main presenters are highlighted as not just knowledgeable about these subjects, but are extremely enthusiastic about catering for vegetarians and vegans.

Trainer Heather Russell is a registered dietitian, and a member of the British Dietetic Association Food Services specialist group. Maggie Lister and Oliver Bragg are roving chefs with Vegetarian for Life. Join the sessions to feel not only informed but also enthused and inspired about all things veggie and vegan.

Register for the webinars here and make developing your skills and catering knowledge a success in 2017.  Register Now

For more Information contact:

Kim Stringer – [email protected]

Director (Scotland)

Mobile: 07561 287016

Scottish Care Press Statement on Ranald Mair OBE


Ranald Mair, former CEO of Scottish Care, the representative body for private and voluntary care providers in Scotland, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours’ List, for services to Social Work and Social Care.

Mr. Mair, stepped down in March 2016 after almost a decade in post and after a career in social work and social care spanning more than 40 years.

Mr. Mair said: “This is a marvellous surprise and a great honour. It is not just personal recognition, but recognition of all those who work in the care sector and demonstrates the importance attached to the work being carried out by those who care for others.
The sector has progressed enormously in recent years and standards have improved dramatically, but the future presents massive challenges as Scotland faces growing demand and the need to provide the highest quality care for an increasingly ageing population.”

Dr. Donald Macaskill, who took over from Mr Mair as CEO said:
“This is a well deserved honour for Ranald who has dedicated his working life to the care of others. He has made an outstanding contribution to the wider sector and to the quality of care for older people in Scotland. In doing so, he has raised the profile of social care and helped drive key agendas forward.”

A Focus on the Annual Care at Home Conference : Our Afternoon Chair – Annie Gunner Logan


Pic from David Martin,Fotopress Dundee OSCR-ANNIE GUNNER
Pic from David Martin,Fotopress Dundee


We are thrilled to have Annie Gunner Logan as our afternoon Chair for the Scottish Care : Care Home Conference this year.

Annie Gunner Logan is the Director of CCPS – the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland – the national membership body for voluntary and not-for-profit care providers.

Annie began her career in Scotland’s public and voluntary sectors with a Community Programme placement at SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) in 1988, and subsequently held posts in policy, information and public affairs at Children in Scotland and the Health Education Board for Scotland (now NHS Health Scotland).

On behalf of CCPS, Annie serves on a number of Scottish Government advisory and reference groups, including the Health and Community Care Delivery Group and the advisory groups for legislation on Self Directed Support and Health and Social Care Integration. In 2013 she was appointed by the Deputy First Minister to serve on the Expert Working Group on Welfare in an Independent Scotland.

Annie has served as a non-executive member on a range of public and voluntary sector boards, including the UK drug and alcohol treatment charity, Phoenix Futures, where she was Vice Chair, and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). In January 2014 she was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Scottish Government.

Annie has a Masters Degree in Social and Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh.


We are delighted that the morning session of the conference will be chaired by Lord Sutherland.

Buy tickets for the Scottish Care : Care Home Conference here: 

Leadership for Integration – You as a Collaborative Leader

Leadership for Integration : You as a Collaborative Leader

NHS Education for Scotland (NES), the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland (RCGP Scotland) and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) are inviting expressions of interest in participating in cohorts 3 or 4 of theLeadership for Integration programme – You as a Collaborative Leader – which is scheduled to begin in January and February 2017 respectively.

The programme is a fully funded– no fees are payable by participants or their organisations.

The programme is aimed at 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. Participants should already be working in lead roles within localities or health and social care partnerships to shape, develop and deliver integrated care.


The You as a Collaborative Leader strand of the programme is aimed at supporting individuals to recognise their own leadership strengths and sources of resilience so to enable participants to lead more collaboratively and effectively in delivering integrated care.

The programme is completed over a period of approximately four months and involves:

· three 1:1 coaching sessions (one at the start, middle and end of the programme)
· a 360-degree assessment and feedback exercise on your leadership capability
· two full-day workshops focusing on leadership capabilities for health and social care integration. There will be some content on the vision for integrated care, and on people, contexts and systems that impact on leadership actions. You will be encouraged to build on what you learn about yourself and your leadership capability to explore how you can lead change more effectively and collaboratively in your locality
· a tailored personal development plan to help you sustain your learning in practice.

To apply for a place on You as a Collaborative Leader please complete the form found here before the 28th November 2016. More detailed information on You as a Collaborative Leader is available on our webpages. For more information contact [email protected] with any queries you have.

Duncan Cowles on BBC Radio Scotland

Award winning film maker Duncan Cowles spoke on BBC Radio Scotland this morning about his Directed by North Merchiston project which involved a series of films featuring the residents of North Merchiston Care Home in Edinburgh.

Commissioned by Scottish Care as part of the Luminate Festival, the films are an honest, engaging and entertaining depiction of the residents living at North Merchiston and offer a unique perspective as to living in a care home.

Directed by North Merchiston will premiere within North Merchiston itself tomorrow evening Wednesday 26th October with it’s public premiere taking place at the Scottish Care Annual Care Home Conference on Friday 18th November at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow.

Listen to Duncan speaking on BBC Radio Scotland here (approximately  01:19:49)


Watch some preview clips from Directed by North Merchiston here…

Find out more about Duncan here

Update on the National Care Standards




An update regarding the redevelopment of the National Care Standards.

This week commencing 24 October marks the launch of the Scottish Government’s public consultation on the new National Care Standards.

This will present a meaningful opportunity for those who use, provide and work in health and social care services to contribute towards dialogue on the National Care Standards.

As part of the consultation there will be a series of engagement events across the country to help people understand how the standards have been developed and what they will actually mean for people who use care and support services.

A series of short films will be launched to help explain what the standards will mean for people and awareness will be raised and promoted via social media to encourage as many people as possible to participate in the consultation.

The consultation asks for people’s views on what the standards should be called in the longer-term, meanwhile for the purposes of the consultation, they will be known as the new ‘National Health and Social Care Standards’.

For more information on the consultation and regular updates about the review of the National Care Standards, please visit





Care Home Conference : A Focus on the Insight Sessions – Infection Prevention is My Business

Insight Session:Infection Prevention is My Business

Facilitator : Healthcare Associated Infections & Infection Control (NHS Education for Scotland)

Infection Prevention and Control is considered everybody’s business.

However, if it’s everybody’s business, then it’s definitely somebody’s business, and anybody can do it so why sometimes does it feel like it’s nobody’s business. NHS Education for Scotland (NES) with support from the Scottish Government developed an education DVD on all you need to know on preventing and controlling infection in all care settings including care homes, home environments, adult residential and care services.

To support the implementation of the DVD/CD-Rom in Care Homes, NES organised “train the trainer” programmes with over 60 representatives from care homes throughout Scotland. This workshop will explore how NES can support your care home in preventing infection, it will also provide the opportunity to shared good practice and discuss how to embed infection prevention as your business.

Report on September 21st Workforce Matters Event

By Jamie McGeechan


Scottish Care hosted a Workforce Matters Frontline event on 21st September with an engaged and enthusiastic workforce from across the country in attendance at the Renfield Centre in Glasgow.

The event proved to be a hugely insightful day where members of frontline workforce could engage, share their experiences and learn from each other as well as our distinguished guests.

The event was opened by Katharine Ross, National Lead for Workforce for Scottish Care who welcomed those in attendance to the event along with Elaine MacMaster Workforce Consultant.

Speakers at the event included Alan Baird, the Chief Social Worker Advisor to the Scottish Government who gave a personal and thoughtful presentation to delegates focussing on the hugely critical role of the front line workforce in care. Alan paid tribute to the dedication of the workforce as well as their passion and highlighted that everyone who cares has the ability to truly change the lives of others and that they must recognise within themselves their ability to change the world. Mr Baird shared insights and his experience of his own family receiving care and how grateful he was for the quality of that care and the difference it made to his whole family.

Edith Macintosh, Rehabilitation Consultant with the Care Inspectorate gave an engaging presentation on physical wellness and the need for the workforce to look after their own needs as well as the people they support and care for. Edith stressed the importance that we keep ourselves fit in order to truly provide the best quality of care of those we look after. Edith gave the delegates food for thought with suggestions on ensuring physical wellbeing including nutritional concerns, exercise and sleep.

The day took a lighthearted and fun turn with a session led by Vivian Wallace. Vivian who works as an Aging Well Coordinator with Midlothian Council had the whole room on their feet as the group indulged in some Samba style dancing inspired by the Olympic Games in Rio earlier this year. Vivan educated  the delegates on the hugely positive benefits of movement and dance on the wellbeing of workforce as well as those they care for and much fun was had by all.


Delegates took part in a number of workshops led by Scottish Care team members which had delegates discussing topics and issues such as “What does wellness mean to me?”, What do you need to experience wellness?” and “How could I improve my wellness?”  These workshops proved to be hugely thought provoking and useful as delegates shared their own personal experiences from the frontline and with many able to relate to similar experiences and shared understanding working in care.


After a short refreshment break Neil McLeod, Equality Advisor from the SSSC provided the delegates with a thought provoking presentation focussing on skills current and future of the frontline workforce. Neil led an inspired and engaging discussion as to what the workforce might look like in the future in terms of skill set and how organisations might best equip their workforce for the challenges of the future.

Dr Donald MacAskill, Chief Executive of Scottish Care gave the final presentation of the day which was an illuminating and fascinating perspective on the wellbeing of the workforce with Dr Macaskill discussing focusing on physical,mental and emotional burnout and how we can best ensure that we best care for ourselves. This was best summed up by the revelation that It’s not selfish to look after ourselves, in this sector it’s selfish to not look after ourselves.”



Thank you to all who came along to this hugely engaging and positive event and we hope you will consider attending future Workforce events, you can find information about upcoming events at

Upcoming Workforce events include ‘The Spirit Beyond the Letter’ which is being held at the The Renfield Centre on Tuesday 1st November from 11am – 3:45pm.