The winter vaccination programme for social care staff is now live.
Social care staff of all ages who have a direct hands-on care role are eligible to receive a COVID-19 and flu vaccine this year. Appointment booking is open for frontline staff.
Frontline social care workers in the following settings are eligible for both vaccines:
- residential care for children who are clinically vulnerable
- community care for persons at home (including housing support, care at home services and personal assistants)
- care homes/residential care settings for adults/older adults.
All staff working in any function (including catering staff, office staff etc) in care homes for older adults are also eligible for both vaccines.
The vaccine programme is targeted at those delivering direct care in these settings, whether employed by local authorities, private or third sector employers.
Find out more on: https://news.sssc.uk.com/news/winter-vaccination-2022
You could book your vaccine on: https://www.nhsinform.scot/wintervaccines
The SSSC created a values based recruitment toolkit a few years ago, that might be of interest to members.
The ‘Right values, right people’ resource was created in response to a request from employers during the exploration with stakeholders about the induction passport that was being muted at that time. Employers told SSSC that they wanted recruitment tools in one place and were particularly looking for help from this resource to improve retention.
You can access the toolkit on: https://learn.sssc.uk.com/rvrp/
Developing careers. Promoting wellbeing.
Scottish Care is delighted to be working with Healthier Working Lives (HWL) programme (funded by the Innovate UK). This programme assesses the challenges and opportunities for the over 50’s care workforce and is led by King’s College London in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh.
The team is acting to tackle a crisis facing care workers and organisations. The adult social care sector is at a tipping point. A recurring set of issues have been rendered more intense by COVID and Brexit regulations. Demoralised experienced professionals are leaving in droves, many employees are chronically underpaid and business models are broken.
The crisis is reflected in unusually high levels of workforce turnover and vacancy rates. Many service provider owners and managers are struggling to maintain care quality levels with limited resources and increasing costs.
- To identify ways to promote healthier working lives and ageing for older care workers – developing their careers, enhancing user continuity and promoting everyone’s wellbeing.
- To transform aspects of the care sector workforce experience and culture – making their services more agile, innovative and accessible.
- To attract and encourage professional, respected and confident workers and improve workforce planning and support.
Find out more about the programme and how you can contribute here.
SSSC registration and PVG checks to be funded.
New staff joining the social care workforce are to have entry costs paid by the Scottish Government until the end of March.
Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) checks and Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) registration will now be funded to help encourage more staff into the profession and address winter staffing pressures.
The scheme starts today and will include staff taking up direct care posts in adult social care, along with comparable roles in children’s social care services and the justice sector.
It has been introduced following discussions with COSLA and will cover local authority, private and third sectors.
Social care minister Kevin Stewart said:
“Care workers have been absolutely critical to our pandemic response, giving vulnerable people the care they need and avoiding further pressure falling on the NHS.
“This trial aims to assist easing winter pressures in this sector by removing any financial barriers that may stop people from applying for a rewarding career in care.
“There are significant pressures in social care due to high vacancy levels and increased demand. I hope this support will encourage those considering joining this vital workforce to go ahead and do so.
“We will continue to work closely with our partners to identify all possible ways we can assist the social care sector to aid recruitment and retention within the workforce at this critical time.”