New SSSC careers website – start a life changing career in care

Are you looking for a job that makes a difference?

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) have just launched a new careers website - www.careersinscare.scot -which can help you start a career in Scotland's social services. This new website now replaces any other career websites by SSSC.

This website shows how someone can build a career working with children and young people, in social services and healthcare settings, or as a social worker.

The new website is simple and easy-to-use, featuring a range of information including:

  • careers stories from real social service workers
  • interactive qualification pathways to show how to enter the sector and progress in your career
  • links to opportunities to work, train or study
  • frequently asked questions with advice about funding, qualifications and more.

Anyone interested in a career in social service can use the website to make their first steps. Those who are already working in the sector can also use the website for inspiration regarding how their career could progress.

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SSSC registration deadline for support workers in care at home and housing support – 13 December 2019

Support workers in care at home and housing support services need to get their registration application to the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) by 13 December 2019 to make sure they are registered in time.

The SSSC guarantees they will process every application submitted on or before that date by the mandatory registration deadline of 30 September 2020.

The 13 December 2019 deadline does not apply to new support workers, they must still apply for registration as soon as practicable after starting their role to make sure they are registered within their first six months.

Support workers in care at home and housing support services is the largest group of workers that will be on the SSSC Register with an estimated 62,500 eligible for registration. Since the SSSC Register opened to workers in this category in October 2017 the number of registrations has been extremely good with over 30,000 already registered.

With such a large group of workers to register, the SSSC in agreement with Scottish Government, usually sets a deadline for receipt of applications a year in advance of the mandatory date for registration. However, to help workers and employers the SSSC has set the deadline for receipt of applications less than a year before the mandatory deadline.

Workforce Matters eBulletin – September 2019

Workforce Matters eBulletin - September 2019

Workforce Matters is the workforce planning and development arm of Scottish Care.  As well as sharing relevant and up to date information about workforce and learning opportunities across the country, we also want to know more about your organisations learning and development needs, particularly those relating to regulatory, Care Inspectorate and SSSC requirements.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about your organisational workforce needs or would like further information about learning and development opportunities available to Scottish Care members.

Caroline Deane - Workforce Policy & Practice Lead

[email protected] 

News and Events

Workforce, Palliative and End of Life Care - Keeping Well: Supporting the Care Workforce

Our next Workforce event, open to all Scottish Care members, will take place on Wednesday 25th September 2019, 9:30am-3:30pm at The Marriott Hotel, 500 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8RR. The focus of the day will be on the palliative care journey from diagnosis through to end of life care and the impact of bereavement on health and wellbeing.

Spaces will be limited to 60 people so if you are interested in attending please contact [email protected] as soon as possible.

Hope for Home Study Day 8th October 10am to 4pm, Ardgowan Hospice, 12 Nelson Street, Greenock, PA15 1TS

As the result of an exciting partnership between Hope for Home, Ardgowan Hospice and Campbell Snowdon Care Home, they are inviting people to attend a study day that has been developed which will bring together a diverse group of people with an interest in dementia and end of life care, including opinion leaders, academics, clinical practitioners, community development experts and family carers.

Healthy Working Lives – NHS Funding available

Healthy Working Lives is a very useful website that gives access to information and training courses for the social care workforce and has funding available from the NHS.  Mentally Healthy Workplace training has been developed by Healthy Working Lives specifically for managers and supervisors. This course is delivered through blended learning and before attending you must complete the Mentally Healthy Workplace eLearning course.

For further information on training courses available please click on the button below.

Personal Outcomes Network Event Personal Outcomes and Risk Event 5th September 2019

This network event will focus on risk within the context of personal outcomes ways of working.  The event will have several speakers in the morning followed by table top discussions. It’s a great opportunity to hear about what other people are doing, share your own practice, ask questions, debate issues or challenges and learn from each other.

Stay in Scotland Campaign, helping EU Citizens to remain in Scotland

 The Scottish Government have developed guidance for employers to support EU Citizens and employers with EU staff.

Please click on the button below to access employer guides and factsheets.

Care Home Education Facilitators Newsletter (C.H.E.F. Team)

We are happy to signpost you to this newsletter which aims to engage Greater Glasgow staff and managers within the independent, social care and care home sectors.   The CHEF team hope to promote effective collaborative working with all care homes and 3rd sector organisations within GGC.

Guidance for employers to assist supporting their social care workers in care at home and housing support to register with SSSC

The SSSC have produced a series of new guides for employers for use in supporting care and support workers when they apply for SSSC registration.

Use the Flexible Workforce Development Fund to support Career Opportunities

The Scottish Funding Council have released guidance around the use of the flexible workforce development fund.  They have confirmed that qualifications in social services, including those which meet SSSC registration requirements, are eligible.

Modern Apprenticeship funding available through Skills Development Scotland

We are pleased to advise that Skills Development Scotland has announced that funding has been allocated to training providers for Modern Apprenticeships and this includes funding for staff who are aged over 25.

Workforce Groups

Our Workforce Groups each run quarterly throughout the year and, as ever, we are really keen to have the involvement of our frontline colleagues and more provider participation.  Details of the next dates are listed below:

Joint Scottish Care/SSSC Regulatory Forum

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 10th September 2019 between 10.00am and 12.30pm.  The venue of this meeting has still to be confirmed but will be held at a venue in Edinburgh.

The Regulatory Forum explores how regulation of our services impacts upon them and our workforce. SSSC, who co-chair, advise and guide on new initiatives with providers being able to highlight challenges and solutions on topics such as registration, SVQ, qualifications and training among many others.  More input from frontline colleagues and providers can only increase our effectiveness, so please come along.

Scottish Care/SSSC Promoting Excellence in Dementia Group

The next meeting will take place on 12th September between 10:30am and 12:30pm. This will be held at the Carewatch office in Greenock, 38 Union Street, PA16 8DJ.

This group allows anyone with an interest in the care of people living with dementia to explore the Promoting Excellence Framework, training opportunities, best practice and hear updates from several different types of services on how they are encouraging and implementing the Framework within their own organisations.  It is always great to have people involved in the direct delivery of dementia care and hear the challenges and successes experienced daily in their work.

Leadership Reference Group

The next meeting will take place on 27th August 10:30am-12:30pm at the C-Change office, Suite 3 Melissa House, Festival Court, Brand Place, Glasgow, G51 1DR .

This group’s focus is on leadership and how to positively promote and nurture it throughout all levels of teams and organisations across social care. We are always looking for more people to come along, particularly frontline colleagues so please do get in touch.

Scottish Care Palliative and End of Life Care Group - for care home & care at home organisations

The next meeting will take place on 28th August, 10am - 12.30pm at Renfield St Stephen's Centre, 260 Bath Street Glasgow G2 4JP.

We are always looking for more people to come along, particularly front line colleagues.

We greatly appreciate the support of those organisations who have previously hosted our Workforce Groups, with thanks to those hosting the upcoming meetings.

If you would like more information about any of these forums please contact [email protected].

Resources

Qualification guidance for supervisors in care at home, housing support and care home services for adults

The SSSC have guidance available on their website to explain the different ways supervisors in these services can meet the supervisory part of their qualification requirement.  The guidance includes lists of the units accepted by the SSSC along with information about the other ways supervisors can meet the requirement.

The SSSC Learning Zone

The SSSC Learning Zone is an extremely useful resource for keeping your practice up to date.  It includes free to use learning apps covering subject areas such as dementia, adult protection and medication. There is also a career development toolkit which may prove useful to members keen to develop career pathways within their organisations.

SSSC News

Keep Up to Date with all SSSC related news ,events and resources at SSSCNews “The online magazine for Scotland’s social services.”


 

Workforce Event – 25 September 2019

Workforce Event - 25 September 2019

Keeping Well: Supporting the Care Workforce

Scottish Care are delighted to announce our latest Workforce Event - Keeping Well: Supporting the Care Workforce. This event is organised by Caroline Deane - Workforce Policy & Practice Lead at Scottish Care - and will be held on Wednesday 25th September 2019 at The Marriott Hotel in Glasgow.

This free event will focus on the palliative care journey - from diagnosis through to end of life care - and the impact on the social care workforce health and wellbeing. There will be a range of organisations including the Care Inspectorate and RMIT University, who will be delivering sessions on the day.

Places for this event are limited, if you would like to attend please email [email protected] to register.

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Workforce Matters eBulletin – July 2019

Workforce Matters eBulletin - July 2019

Workforce Matters is the workforce planning and development arm of Scottish Care.  As well as sharing relevant and up to date information about workforce and learning opportunities across the country, we also want to know more about your organisations learning and development needs, particularly those relating to regulatory, Care Inspectorate and SSSC requirements.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about your organisational workforce needs or would like further information about learning and development opportunities available to Scottish Care members.

Caroline Deane - Workforce Policy & Practice Lead

[email protected] 

News and Events

The Colin McNab Palliative and End of Life Care Prize: front line care worker fund 

The Colin McNab Palliative and End of Life Care Prize was formed following a generous gift from Border Caring Services. The Prize was announced by Scottish Care CEO Dr Donald Macaskill at the Annual Care at Home & Housing Support Conference in Glasgow. 

This Prize has been established to support and enhance the often unheralded and unrecognised work of palliative care in our care home, care at home and housing support services.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Saturday 31st August 2019.

Individual Training Account Funding

Applications are now open for Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Individual Training Accounts (ITA).

Individuals can get up to £200 towards the cost of a training course to build the skills you need for a job or get some training to take your career to the next level.  Whatever you want to do, there’s a wide range of ITA approved courses on offer. Because it’s not a loan you don’t have to pay it back.

Applying for your ITA

This year SDS will fund 18,500 Individual Training Accounts.  The scheme re-opened on 27 June to new applicants and will accept 15,000 applications between then and 30 September.

Essentials in Psychological Care - Dementia Care Home Programme - Training for Trainers 28th August 2019 Glasgow

This training programme has been developed by NES to improve the experience, care, treatment and outcomes for people with dementia, their families and carers.

The training is aimed at staff who have already completed the one-day Essentials training event or have completed the Psychological Interventions in Response to Stress and Distress in Dementia.  Staff must also be currently be working at the skilled level or above of the Promoting Excellence Framework.

Applications to be in by Friday 2nd August 2019.

New Cohort of online course in Compassionate Care

This course will give you the practical tools and insights that you can use to enhance compassionate health and social care. If you, or your team, would like to enrol in this exciting 3 week course launching in September 2019, please click on the link below.

NHS Education for Scotland Bereavement Education Conference 2019

This is a free opportunity for health and social care workers to attend a range of plenary and workshop sessions on bereavement-related topics.

The deadline for registering interest in attending is Friday 23rd August.

Modern Apprenticeship funding available through Skills Development Scotland

We are pleased to advise that Skills Development Scotland has announced that funding has been allocated to training providers for Modern Apprenticeships and this includes funding for staff who are aged over 25.

Workforce Groups

Our Workforce Groups each run quarterly throughout the year and, as ever, we are really keen to have the involvement of our frontline colleagues and more provider participation.  Details of the next dates are listed below:

Joint Scottish Care/SSSC Regulatory Forum

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 10th September 2019 between 10.00am and 12.30pm.  The venue of this meeting has still to be confirmed but will be held at a venue in Edinburgh.

The Regulatory Forum explores how regulation of our services impacts upon them and our workforce. SSSC, who co-chair, advise and guide on new initiatives with providers being able to highlight challenges and solutions on topics such as registration, SVQ, qualifications and training among many others.  More input from frontline colleagues and providers can only increase our effectiveness, so please come along.

Scottish Care/SSSC Promoting Excellence in Dementia Group

The next meeting will take place on 12th September between 10:30am and 12:30pm. This will be held at the Carewatch office in Greenock, 38 Union Street, PA16 8DJ.

This group allows anyone with an interest in the care of people living with dementia to explore the Promoting Excellence Framework, training opportunities, best practice and hear updates from several different types of services on how they are encouraging and implementing the Framework within their own organisations.  It is always great to have people involved in the direct delivery of dementia care and hear the challenges and successes experienced daily in their work.

Leadership Reference Group

The next meeting will take place on 27th August 10:30am-12:30pm at the C-Change office, Suite 3 Melissa House, Festival Court, Brand Place, Glasgow, G51 1DR .

This group’s focus is on leadership and how to positively promote and nurture it throughout all levels of teams and organisations across social care. We are always looking for more people to come along, particularly frontline colleagues so please do get in touch.

Scottish Care Palliative and End of Life Care Group - for care home & care at home organisations

The next meeting will take place on 28th August, 10am - 12.30pm at Renfield St Stephen's Centre, 260 Bath Street Glasgow G2 4JP.

We are always looking for more people to come along, particularly front line colleagues.

We greatly appreciate the support of those organisations who have previously hosted our Workforce Groups, with thanks to those hosting the upcoming meetings.

If you would like more information about any of these forums please contact [email protected]

Resources

Qualification guidance for supervisors in care at home, housing support and care home services for adults

The SSSC have guidance available on their website to explain the different ways supervisors in these services can meet the supervisory part of their qualification requirement.  The guidance includes lists of the units accepted by the SSSC along with information about the other ways supervisors can meet the requirement.

The SSSC Learning Zone

The SSSC Learning Zone is an extremely useful resource for keeping your practice up to date.  It includes free to use learning apps covering subject areas such as dementia, adult protection and medication. There is also a career development toolkit which may prove useful to members keen to develop career pathways within their organisations.

SSSC News

Keep Up to Date with all SSSC related news ,events and resources at SSSCNews “The online magazine for Scotland’s social services.”


 

‘Stay in Scotland’ Campaign: Support for EU citizens working in Scotland

As the UK prepares to leave the EU, the Scottish Government has created a package of support to help EU citizens stay in Scotland. This also offers support and guidance to those who employ staff from the EU.

Their package of support includes:

  • £250,000 of dedicated resource for community based support across Scotland
  • a support and advice service for EU citizens with more complex needs or particular challenges. This is currently being rolled out with more information available at: cas.org.uk/brexit
  • a ‘Stay in Scotland’ toolkit to support EU citizens and employers with EU staff which includes a poster, a factsheet, digital content and guides

 

For more information and guidance please visit:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/eu-citizens-staying-in-scotland-package-of-support/

SSSC continuous learning consultation

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has launched a consultation about proposed changes to the way SSSC registered workers record and submit their post registration training and learning (PRTL).

The consultation is open until 21 July 2019 and is particularly looking for responses from SSSC registered workers and supervisors/managers.

To find out more about the consultation, click this link: http://ssscnews.uk.com/2019/05/27/prtlconsultation/

The Truacanta Project: Helping each other with death, dying, loss and care

Are you interested in taking community action to improve people’s experiences of death, dying, loss and care?

Are you or do you want to get involved in practical work to build compassion in your own community?

The Truacanta Project is seeking expressions of interest now!

Find out more information and express your interest: www.goodlifedeathgrief.org.uk/content/thetruacantaproject

View the Project flyer

 

The Trucuanta Project is an exciting new initiative that will work with communities to develop projects around improving people’s experiences of deteriorating health, death, dying and bereavement. After an initial application process, up to four communities from across Scotland will receive dedicated community development advice and support for two years.

Expressions of interest are now being accepted until 15/06/19

A shortlisted number of interested communities will then be supported to put together a more detailed application to be part of the project

 

Further information:

The Truacanta Project, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care, CBC House, 24 Canning Street, Edinburgh EH3 8EG

Tel: 0131 272 2735

www.goodlifedeathgrief.org.uk/content/thetruacantaproject

Facebook: LifeDeathGrief

Twitter:@LifeDeathGrief

Instagram: @lifedeathgrief

The Colin McNab Palliative and End of Life Care Prize: new front line care worker fund launched

Following a generous gift from Border Caring Services, Scottish Care is delighted to announce the establishment of the Colin McNab Palliative and End of Life Care Prize.  The Prize was announced by Scottish Care CEO Dr Donald Macaskill at the Annual Care at Home & Housing Support Conference in Glasgow. 

 

What is the Prize?

An Award of £2,000 will be given to an individual or team working within the care home sector.

An Award of £2,000 will be given to an individual or team working within the care at home and/or housing support sector.

The Prize should be used to support personal learning and development. For instance, it may be used to contribute to further academic and skills training, attendance at a conference, purchase of resources etc.

The use of the Prize will be subject to approval by Scottish Care.

 

Who can apply:

The Prize is open to any worker or team of workers within a service which is a member of Scottish Care.

The individual or team should be currently delivering palliative and end of life care.

 

How to apply:

Applications are open from 1 June and close on 31 August.  

The Prize applications will be judged by an independent committee and the successful nominees will be informed by 30 September 2019.

The application form can be accessed further down this page.

 

Prize information and application guidance

Living and Dying Well with Frailty Collaborative – HIS seeking applications

Healthcare Improvement Scotland have announced the launch of the ihub’s new collaborative from the Living Well in the Communities Portfolio.

It is an opportunity for Health and Social Care Partnerships and GP Clusters to improve how people aged 65 and over are supported to live and die well with frailty in the community.

Please see below the information relating to this and how to apply, should you be interested.

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