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.

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.”