Scottish Care Workforce Focus Group – 19 Feb

I would like to invite you to attend one of our Scottish Care Workforce focus groups that we are holding in February around current issues and challenges facing Managers and Supervisors working within social care.  The feedback that is provided from you, our members, at these focus groups will then form the basis for the next workforce event that we will be having in April, details to follow.

The next focus group is being held in Edinburgh on the 19th February 2020 between 2:00pm-4:00pm at the Randolph Hill Group, 31 Dunedin Street, Edinburgh, EH7 4JG.

Please can anyone interested in attending contact me at [email protected] to book a place.

As always your feedback and assistance is hugely appreciated and will be used to inform our research which will then be compiled into a Scottish Care workforce report for care providers and major stakeholders within the care sector including Scottish and local government to help to drive positive policy changes.

We will also be asking care providers to share their own stories of working as Managers and Supervisors in social care and the many demands and challenges that are currently being faced.  I would ask where possible Managers of services bring Supervisors and Team Leaders with them to this focus group so that we are hearing directly from front line workers.

Thanks

Caroline Deane

Workforce Policy & Practice Lead

Workforce focus group agenda Social Care Managers and Supervisors challenges

Workforce Matters eBulletin – January 2020

Happy New Year!

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

Scottish Care Workforce Matters Focus Groups – An Open Call for Managers and Supervisors in Social Care

Workforce Matters will be holding a number of focus groups in February, initial dates below, and wish to invite Social Care Managers and Supervisors to attend. These focus groups aim to gather opinions and feedback on the most important issues and challenges currently facing those working in both of these roles.

Following the focus groups there will be a brief survey sent out to all members requesting additional feedback based on the information and responses provided. The information gathered during these focus groups and from the survey responses will then form the basis of our next workforce event taking place in April.

Focus groups dates;

• Tuesday 4th February 2020 10am-12pm St Stephen Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street, G2 4JP
• Wednesday 19th February 2020 2-4pm Randolph Hill Group, 31 Dunedin Street, Edinburgh, EH7 4JG

Please use the link below to register or contact [email protected]

Scottish Government Adult Social Care recruitment campaign

The Scottish Government are launching a national recruitment campaign aimed at frontline workers in adult social care (ASC) on 27th January 2020 and this campaign will run for 8 weeks.

As we are acutely aware, recruitment pressures have been increasing in the social care sector particularly for frontline workers. This campaign is in response to these pressures, and to the National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan which includes a recommendation to deliver a national recruitment campaign to promote social care as a meaningful, valued and rewarding career choice. This campaign aims to attract new recruits into the social care sector, in particular in care homes, care at home and housing support.

Please follow the link below for further details of the campaign.

Bereavement Charter Consultation Events

• Friday 21st February 2020 10am-12pm (Venue to be confirmed)
• Friday 13th March 2020 10am-12pm (Venue: NES Edinburgh)
• Monday 23rd March 2020 10am-12pm (Venue: NES Edinburgh)

Scottish Care has been working with stakeholders and key partners to develop a Bereavement Charter for adults and children in Scotland. The main aims of the charter are to set out clear rights and expectations that any individual living in Scotland should expect to be met following a bereavement and loss.

There will be three consultation events that we are asking care providers and others with a vested interest to attend and participate in developing the final bereavement charter that will be adopted across Scotland.

To register your attendance at one of these events please contact [email protected]

Free NHS Healthy Working Lives ‘Managing Stress at Work’ Event – February 2020 in Glasgow

This is a free NHS event to promote their new, free “Stress at Work” online learning course and will include talking through the relaunched, stress survey tool, “Work Positive” for employers.

Both can help social care providers to improve understanding of stress in their organisations; what can cause it (inside and outside of work) and how to identify key issues.

To be added to the mailing list and to receive further details please email: [email protected]

SSSC Upcoming Events – Registration for these events can be found at SSSCNews.uk.com

5th February Glasgow

Don’t Panic – The hitchhikers guide to innovations in learning

11th February Edinburgh

Supporting Improvement learning in Scotland’s Social Services

17th February Glasgow pm and 19th February Dundee am & pm

Staying Secure online in health and social services                      

Care Inspectorate Complaints workshops – Date of 29th January (Postponed) – details to follow of new date in February

The Care Inspectorate are holding several workshops in the new year for providers to attend and get helpful information around the complaints process.  This will include the process that the Care Inspectorate use when deciding who will process the complaint for example when they pass complaints back to providers to investigate and deal with.

These workshops will consist of 3 hourly sessions and will be held in various locations around Scotland to make them as available as possible for providers to attend.  Providers will also be given guidance on processing complaints and how best to deescalate issues and concerns from Services users and family members.

Individual Training Account Funding now open

This year Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will fund 10,000 training accounts. Once this target is met the fund will close, so applications must be sent in soon.

ITAs are available to help develop skills for work. If the eligibility criteria are met there is up to £200 towards a single training course or training episode a year.

Response from SSSC regarding members questions during the Registration webinar

Calum Smith in the registration team at SSSC has responded to the questions that were posed by members during the registration webinar last year.  This also includes information around accessing additional funding for social care worker qualifications.

You can find Calum’s response in ‘Past Scottish Care Webinars’ under ‘Useful Downloads’ in the Members Section of this website. 

Calum advised during the webinar he is available to be contacted directly by providers to give ongoing support and to answer questions and queries in relation to registration.  Jenni Tait in the registration team at SSSC has also advised she can be contacted to discuss registration concerns.  Contact emails for Jenni and Calum are below:

[email protected]

[email protected]

Care Inspectorate CAPA Programme

The Care Inspectorate are now on the home straight with the CAPA programme and the team are looking ahead to finish up in April 2020.

They are currently focusing on plans to ensure:

  • good endings for care professionals, services, providers, partnerships, community connections and of course the CAPA team
  • the spread and sustain of the ‘move more often’ message

 

The Care Inspectorate are asking for some feedback on;

What would you like us to think about or focus on as we plan for these next stages?

You can respond to me at [email protected] and I will ensure all responses are forwarded to the team or get in touch with them directly via their Twitter and Facebook page.

New Scottish Government Guidance and FAQ’s on Managing Self-Directed Support and Power of Attorney for Adults with Incapacity

The guidance and FAQ’s are aimed at care professionals and were developed with assistance from the Scottish Government’s Adults with Incapacity Team.

Please see links to the guidance and FAQ’s below

Scottish Government – Skills into Scotland Newsletter

Overseas Skills Recognition processes in Scotland

This project is developing a national skills recognition service which builds from Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) processes.  The RPL process will evidence the skills, qualifications and experience gained in countries beyond the UK.  The longer-term ambition is to adapt the process for use by the Scottish population as a whole.

It is essential that all aspects of the process are trusted by employers, education providers and those seeking to get recognition for their skills and experience.  The model is based on bench-marking skills and experience gained overseas against the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework.

Enriching and Improving Experience: new palliative and end of life care toolkit resource from SSSC

The new palliative and end of life care guidance toolkit aims to provide health and social care workers with clear links, guidance and connections between the Enriching and Improving Experience Framework at the informed level and the required register-able qualifications which are considered integral to the delivery of high quality palliative and end of life care.

You can access the toolkit by following the link below:

Updated guidance to support the real living wage commitment for adult social care workers

Please follow the link below to a letter from Ms Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport and Cllr Peter Johnston , COSLA Health and Social Care spokesperson, with updated guidance on the shared commitment to support payment of the real living wage to everyone delivering adult social care in Scotland.

NES Project Lift – Community Events open – invitation to Social Care colleagues

NHS Education for Scotland are keen to share the details of Project Lift and their community events that are free and open to those working in the social care sector.

Please follow the link below for further information around the project and upcoming events:

Nursing

Exploring and developing Palliative and End of Life Care SCQF 7

The content of the course is based on the NHS Education for Scotland Palliative and End of Life Care Framework at Skilled Level.

For more details and /or informal discussion about the module please contact:

Jacqui Allison Perth College UHI email: Jac[email protected]

Telephone:01738 877601

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.

 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.

Part Time Fee Grant for Social Services & Healthcare Qualifications

SSSC have working with Students Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) and NHS Education for Scotland (NES) to produce a new leaflet to help better understand and raise awareness of the Part Time Fee Grant.

The leaflet lists some of the child, health and social care qualifications at SCQF level 7 to 10 that can attract a funding contribution.

For further information please access the leaflet using the link below:

Modern Apprenticeship funding available through Skills Development Scotland

We are pleased to advise that Skills Development Scotland 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 21st January 2020 between 10.30am and 1pm.  This meeting will take place at Baillieston Community Care, Parkhead School House, 135 Westmuir Street, Glasgow, G31 5EX.

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.  We are also delighted to welcome Liz McPake from the Care Inspectorate who will be available to answer questions around improvement, health and social care standards and inspection requirements.  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 Thursday 20th February 2020 (This date has been changed) between 10:30am and 12:30pm. The venue has still to be confirmed.

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, Learning and Improvement Group

The next meeting will take place on 25th February 2020 10:30am-12:30pm.  This meeting will be held at the SCVO offices, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow, G1 1UZ.

This group has a format based loosely round the principles of Action Learning Sets.  For those if you not familiar with action learning please see some background information below.

Briefly this will involve

  • One person bringing a ‘wicked issue’
  • The group listening, without interruption, to the person presenting their issue
  • The use of open questions to gather more data
  • The group discussing potential options whilst the presenter listens in
  • Actions being identified that may offer change
  • The group is updated at the next meeting as to the impact /outcomes of the actions

People felt that this would offer the insights and support that people value most about being in a space with colleagues from across sectors and supports the group getting to know more about the skills held within the group.

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 4th February 2020, 2 – 4pm 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]org

Resources

SSSC Career Pathways Website

The SSSC have developed a fantastic new website dedicated to promoting a career in social care with career stories from those currently working in care.  This website looks to highlight the #lifechangingwork that those working in social care do and to promote social care as a sector with positive career choices and opportunities.

NOS Navigator / Skills sets

This online resource is there to support employers, managers and staff members to identify the most appropriate SVQ units to undertake.  The NOS Navigator is a simple and easy to use tool to help navigate around the national occupational standards for social care services.

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.”

 


 

Scottish Care Workforce Focus Group – 4 Feb

I would like to invite you to attend one of our Scottish Care Workforce focus groups that we are holding in February around current issues and challenges facing Managers and Supervisors working within social care.  The feedback that is provided from you, our members, at these focus groups will then form the basis for the next workforce event that we will be having in April, details to follow.

The first focus group is being held in Glasgow on the 4th February 2020 between 10:30am-12:30pm at the St Stephen Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JP.

Please can anyone interested in attending contact me at [email protected] to book a place.

As always your feedback and assistance is hugely appreciated and will be used to inform our research which will then be compiled into a Scottish Care workforce report for care providers and major stakeholders within the care sector including Scottish and local government to help to drive positive policy changes. 

We will also be asking care providers to share their own stories of working as Managers and Supervisors in social care and the many demands and challenges that are currently being faced.  I would ask where possible Managers of services bring Supervisors and Team Leaders with them to this focus group so that we are hearing directly from front line workers.

Thanks

Caroline Deane

Workforce Policy & Practice Lead

NES Bereavement Charter Consultation Events

NHS Education for Scotland are organising a number of Bereavement Charter Consultation Events in February and March with dates as follows:

  • Friday 21st February 2020 10am-12pm (Venue to be confirmed)
  • Friday 13th March 2020 10am-12pm (Venue: NES Edinburgh)
  • Monday 23rd March 2020 10am-12pm (Venue: NES Edinburgh)

Further details will be available soon.

If you wish to attend these consultation events please contact [email protected] 

Workforce Matters eBulletin – December 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

Care Inspectorate Complaints workshops 29th January 2020 Stirling Save the Date

The Care Inspectorate are holding several workshops in the new year for providers to attend and get helpful information around the complaints process.  This will include the process that the Care Inspectorate use when deciding who will process the complaint for example when they pass complaints back to providers to investigate and deal with.

These workshops will consist of 3 hourly sessions and will be held in various locations around Scotland to make them as available as possible for providers to attend.  Providers will also be given guidance on processing complaints and how best to deescalate issues and concerns from Services users and family members.

UWS Oxfam Partnership Policy Forum: Making Policy Care

The UWS-Oxfam Partnership would like to invite you to ‘Care – Work – Poverty Policy Forum’, an event on Tuesday 21st January 2020 (10.30am- 1pm) on the University of the West of Scotland’s Paisley Campus. At this event, we hope to hear your views on the relationship between care, work and poverty and what you think needs to change. We want to invite local grassroots organisations, community groups, local care/childcare providers and anti-poverty campaigners to shape the partnership’s research agenda and tell us what kinds of evidence drives change.  

Save the Date Wednesday 11th March NES National Conference and Graduation Event

Save the date for the National Conference and Graduation Event for Cohort 10 Dementia Champions and Cohort 3 Dementia Specialist Improvement Leads which is taking place on Wednesday 11 March 2020 at BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh.

SSSC Learning Zone New Layout

The SSSC have updated their Learning Zone webpage with a new and easy to use layout.  The new look gives Managers and Trainers of care services and the workforce a much easier way to navigate the various resources available and gives information on how to transfer the resources onto the device you are using including PC, Laptop and Tablets.

The resource is available for both iPhone and android users.

Update from the Scottish Care and Care Inspectorate Liaison Group

Following our most recent liaison meeting with members of the Care Inspectorate we are pleased to give an update on their plans for the future.

The Care Inspectorate are keen to advise providers that they are looking to work closely with them in the future and will focus on what can add best value to the service.  The Care Inspectorate are continuing to focus on gathering intelligence and there will be opportunities for providers to be consulted in this process and determine what data would be useful to collate and analyse.  There will be focus on improvement, understanding technology and where technology can be effectively utilised.

The Care Inspectorate have stated that they are keen to be informed by care providers when they are experiencing challenging inspections and have differing opinions from their Care Inspectors.  Scottish Care are happy to assist with the facilitation of these issues where possible.

Organisational Duty of Candour: Guidance Scottish government eLearning module

Scottish Government have developed guidance for organisations which focuses on the legal duty of candour procedure for health, care or social work services.

This link will take you to the guidance:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/organisational-duty-candour-guidance/

Access to the eLearning module is within the guidance and can be found via several links towards the end of the document.

Scottish Care have published our most recent report The Human Right to Social Care: A Potential for Scotland

This report puts forward that should Scotland incorporate the United Nations Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights then this provides the Scottish legislature with great opportunity to give some real legislative grounding to the ‘right to health’  and more especially what we argue is by extension the ‘right to social care’ in Scotland.

The report briefly explores:

  • The development of the concept of the ‘right to health’ in both international treaties, UN bodies and in international case law.
  • The concept of the ‘right to health’ as it relates to a definition of ‘social care’ and ‘long-term care’.
  • The articulation of ‘social care’ and ‘long-erm care’ as a distinctive human right, and
  • What this might mean for social care practice

Enriching and Improving Experience: new palliative and end of life care toolkit

The new palliative and end of life care guidance toolkit aims to provide health and social care workers with clear links, guidance and connections between the Enriching and Improving Experience Framework at the informed level and the required registerable qualifications which are considered integral to the delivery of high quality palliative and end of life care.

2018 Scottish Social Service Workforce Data Report

This report from SSSC combines administrative data from the Care Inspectorate with data collected by the SSSC directly from local authorities to form a comprehensive picture of the paid workforce employed in the social service sector in Scotland at the end of 2018. The SSSC is an official statistics provider.

Updated guidance to support the real living wage commitment for adult social care workers

Please follow the link below to a letter from Ms Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport and Cllr Peter Johnston , COSLA Health and Social Care spokesperson, with updated guidance on the shared commitment to support payment of the real living wage to everyone delivering adult social care in Scotland.

NES Project Lift – Community Events open – invitation to Social Care colleagues

NHS Education for Scotland are keen to share the details of Project Lift and their community events that are free and open to those working in the social care sector.

Please follow the link below for further information around the project and upcoming events:

Nursing

RCN Nurse of the Year

The search has begun for the 2020 winner of the nursing profession’s most prestigious accolade RCN Nurse of the year.

The deadline for entries is 17th January 2020 and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 8th July 2020.

Exploring and developing Palliative and End of Life Care SCQF 7

The content of the course is based on the NHS Education for Scotland Palliative and End of Life Care Framework at Skilled Level.

For more details and /or informal discussion about the module please contact:

Jacqui Allison Perth College UHI email: [email protected]

Telephone:01738 877601

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.

 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 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 21st January 2020 between 10.30am and 1pm.  This meeting will take place at Baillieston Community Care, Parkhead School House, 135 Westmuir Street, Glasgow, G31 5EX.

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.  We are also delighted to welcome Liz McPake from the Care Inspectorate who will be available to answer questions around improvement, health and social care standards and inspection requirements.  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 Thursday 20th February 2020 (This date has been changed) between 10:30am and 12:30pm. The venue has still to be confirmed.

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, Learning and Improvement Group

The next meeting will take place on 25th February 2020 10:30am-12:30pm.  This meeting will be held at the SCVO offices, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow, G1 1UZ.

This group has a format based loosely round the principles of Action Learning Sets.  For those if you not familiar with action learning please see some background information below.

Briefly this will involve

  • One person bringing a ‘wicked issue’
  • The group listening, without interruption, to the person presenting their issue
  • The use of open questions to gather more data
  • The group discussing potential options whilst the presenter listens in
  • Actions being identified that may offer change
  • The group is updated at the next meeting as to the impact /outcomes of the actions

People felt that this would offer the insights and support that people value most about being in a space with colleagues from across sectors and supports the group getting to know more about the skills held within the group.

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 4th February 2020, 2 – 4pm 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

Equal Partners in Care Resource Updated

SSSC have refreshed and updated the Equal Partners in Care (EPiC) learning resource in response to the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016.

This was done in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland and a wide range of stakeholders, including carers and carer organisations, to make sure EPiC is a practical and engaging resource that supports the workforce to support carers.

EPiC is for health and social care staff and will help you (and the staff or students you support) to have better conversations and interactions with carers. The aim is to make a positive difference and improve outcomes for carers and the people they care for.

SSSC have developed a new tile on their online system MySSSC

This tile is called “What’s new in your online system MySSSC” and will give information around planned work to improve the system and any updates and changes made.  The information will also detail how the changes will affect registered workers, employers and people applying for registration.

SSSC Career Pathways Website

The SSSC have developed a fantastic new website dedicated to promoting a career in social care with career stories from those currently working in care.  This website looks to highlight the #lifechangingwork that those working in social care do and to promote social care as a sector with positive career choices and opportunities.

NOS Navigator / Skills sets

This online resource is there to support employers, managers and staff members to identify the most appropriate SVQ units to undertake.  The NOS Navigator is a simple and easy to use tool to help navigate around the national occupational standards for social care services.

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.”

National Conference & Graduation for Cohort 10 Dementia Champions & Dementia Specialist Improvement Leads

This is a graduation event organised by NES and SSSC for Cohort 10 Health and Social Services Dementia Champions and Cohort 3 Dementia Specialist Improvement Leads.

This event takes place on Wednesday 11 March 2020 at BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh. The deadline for registering is Wednesday 26 February 2020.

Additionally, through poster presentations and concurrent sessions, the event will showcase and celebrate the work of: Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurses; AHP Dementia Consultants; previous cohorts of Health and Social Services Dementia Champions, Social Services Dementia Ambassadors and Dementia Specialist Improvement Leads, in bringing about improvements in the care, treatment and support of people with dementia, their families and carers.

Event website: https://events.nes.scot.nhs.uk/national-conference-graduation-for-cohort-10-dementia-champions-and-dementia-specialist-improvement-leads/

Save the Date

Workforce Matters eBulletin – November 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

SSSC Registrant Roadshow: Dundee – Wednesday 4th December 8:30pm, Compass House, 11 Riverside Road, Dundee, DD1 4NY

Learn more about the journey and future of SSSC registration, Fitness to Practice and how the SSSC can help with continuous learning and development by attending this event.

Further information can be found on the SSSC website or by following the link below.

Palliative and End of Life Care in Dementia: Training for Front Line Staff – Tuesday 10th December 9:30am – 4:30pm, Radisson Blu, The Royal Mile, 80 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TH, 

This one-day programme is designed to support the development of health and social services staff to improve the quality of palliative and end of life care experienced by people with dementia and their families and carers.  The closing date for applications is 12th November.

Scottish Care’s Homecare Day – Wednesday 4th December

Building on the success of the previous two events Scottish Care is pleased to bring Homecareday 19 – a day to celebrate the best of care at home and housing support services across Scotland and wider afield.

Care Inspectorate Event: 7th Annual Care of Older People in Scotland Conference – Thursday 12th December 2019, Wheatley Academy, Edinburgh

The 7th annual care of older people in Scotland conference focuses on the challenge of delivering excellent care. How can this be managed in the context of an older population growing larger annually, rising expectations about care quality, a wider knowledge of care rights and the acute pressures created by increased resource demand?

This is an online event so please join us and read about the wonderful work that we will be highlighting on Scottish Care’s webpage and across Twitter on the 4th December.

A Human Rights Charter for Technology and Digital in Social Care

Over the last year Scottish Care and partners have been developing a human rights-based Charter for Technology and Digital in Social Care.  This work has included developers and designers, providers and practitioners, residents and citizens who use social care supports.  This guidance reflects on each of the 17 statements and provides suggestions on how they can be used to support the human rights of individuals and communities in the use of technology and digital in social care.

The guidance can be found by clicking the button below.

Updated guidance to support the real living wage commitment for adult social care workers

Please click on the button below to view a letter from Ms Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport and Cllr Peter Johnston, COSLA Health and Social Care spokesperson, with updated guidance on the shared commitment to support payment of the real living wage to everyone delivering adult social care in Scotland.

Joint guidance from SSSC and the Care Inspectorate around using third party organisations to carry out recruitment checks

Using third party organisations to carry out recruitment checks can save time and effort, SSSC and the Care Inspectorate have released joint guidance confirming that they are happy with this approach.

Some of the essential checks employers carry out as part of the recruitment process are:

  • Right to work in the UK checks
  • Identification checks
  • References
  • Qualification checks

Employers must always carry out their own disclosure checks and ensure they have satisfied themselves with the robustness of the third party organisations systems and processes.

Care Inspectorate Improvement Strategy 2019 2022

Heather Edwards, Interim Head of Improvement Support at the Care Inspectorate has written a great blog introducing the refreshed improvement strategy 2019 – 2022.  Please follow the links provided below to read Heather’s blog on the need for this strategy and the impact it will have on the delivery of care services and the strategy itself.

Macmillan at Work – Guidance to support staff affected by Cancer

Macmillan have produced a really useful leaflet for organisations giving guidance on how best to support staff members who may be affected by Cancer.

You can access this leaflet by clicking on the link below.

Nursing

RCN Nurse of the Year

The search has begun for the 2020 winner of the nursing profession’s most prestigious accolade RCN Nurse of the year.

The deadline for entries is 17th January 2020 and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 8th July 2020.

Exploring and developing Palliative and End of Life Care SCQF 7

The content of the course is based on the NHS Education for Scotland Palliative and End of Life Care Framework at Skilled Level.

For more details and /or informal discussion about the module please contact:

Jacqui Allison Perth College UHI email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01738 877601

The new Deadline for Care and Support Workings in Care at Home and Housing Support to apply for SSSC Registration is 13th December 2019.

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.

Supporting Improvement Learning in Scotland’s Social Services

Free SSSC event in Glasgow for social care workers who lead improvement activity.
26th November at Renfield Training and Conference Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JP between 10am and 4pm.

This is a workforce development day and will discuss areas including practice guidance, establishing improvement learning support groups and simple improvement techniques.

For further information please follow the link below:

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 e-learning course.

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.

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 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 21st January 2020 between 10.30am and 1pm.  This meeting will take place at Baillieston Community Care, Parkhead School House, 135 Westmuir Street, Glasgow, G31 5EX.

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.  We are also delighted to welcome Liz McPake from the Care Inspectorate who will be available to answer questions around improvement, health and social care standards and inspection requirements.  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 Tuesday 14th January 2020 between 10:30am and 12:30pm. The venue has still to be confirmed.

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, Learning and Improvement Group

The next meeting will take place on 27th November 10:30am-12:30pm.  This meeting will be held at Real Life Options, 1346 Shettleston Road, Glasgow, G32 9AT.

At our last meeting we had a great discussion about the format of future meetings, consensus still supports the idea that the group will be more self-supporting and that a less ‘formal’ format would be appropriate – i.e. No agenda, chair, mins etc.

The group agreed that a format based loosely round the principles of Action Learning Sets would be the way forward.  For those if you not familiar with action learning please see some background information below.

Briefly this will involve:

•         One person bringing a ‘wicked issue’
•         The group listening  , without interruption, to the person presenting their issue
•         The use of open questions to gather more data
•         The group discussing potential options whilst the presenter listens in
•         Actions being identified that may offer change
•         The group is updated at the next meeting as to the impact /outcomes of the actions

People felt that this would offer the insights and support that people value most about being in a space with colleagues from across sectors and also supports the group getting to know more about the skills held within the group.

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 27th November 2020, 2 – 4pm 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

Equal Partners in Care Resource Updated

SSSC have refreshed and updated the Equal Partners in Care (EPiC) learning resource in response to the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016.

This was done in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland and a wide range of stakeholders, including carers and carer organisations, to make sure EPiC is a practical and engaging resource that supports the workforce to support carers.

EPiC is for health and social care staff and will help you (and the staff or students you support) to have better conversations and interactions with carers. The aim is to make a positive difference and improve outcomes for carers and the people they care for.

SSSC have developed a resource for care providers around supervision

This presentation from SSSC provides a framework to help facilitate discussions with staff around effective supervision.

SSSC have developed a new tile on their online system MySSSC

This tile is called “What’s new in your online system MySSSC” and will give information around planned work to improve the system and any updates and changes made.  The information will also detail how the changes will affect registered workers, employers and people applying for registration.

SSSC Career Pathways Website

The SSSC have developed a fantastic new website dedicated to promoting a career in social care with career stories from those currently working in care.  This website looks to highlight the #lifechangingwork that those working in social care do and to promote social care as a sector with positive career choices and opportunities.

NOS Navigator / Skills sets

This online resource is there to support employers, managers and staff members to identify the most appropriate SVQ units to undertake.  The NOS Navigator is a simple and easy to use tool to help navigate around the national occupational standards for social care services.

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 SSSC News “The online magazine for Scotland’s social services.”

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.

#lifechangingwork

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.