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

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

Their package of support includes:

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


For more information and guidance please visit:


SSSC continuous learning consultation

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Truacanta Project is seeking expressions of interest now!

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

View the Project flyer


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

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

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


Further information:

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

Tel: 0131 272 2735


Facebook: LifeDeathGrief


Instagram: @lifedeathgrief

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

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


What is the Prize?

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

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

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

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


Who can apply:

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

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


How to apply:

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

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

The application form can be accessed further down this page.


Prize information and application guidance

Living and Dying Well with Frailty Collaborative – HIS seeking applications

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

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

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

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Holyrood Staffing Bill – update

Last week the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill was passed unanimously in Parliament. Scottish Care gave evidence in Parliament has been successfully lobbying on behalf of our members to ensure that the Bill in its final stage is fit for our sector.

National Director Karen Hedge said:

We are confident that the Guiding Principles of the Bill, set with the purpose of ensuring the delivery of safe and high-quality services and ensuring the best care outcomes for those who access care and support is supportive of the very ethos of the independent care sector.


Whilst the legislation in itself will not solve the very real recruitment and retention challenges that the sector is currently facing, it will indirectly contribute to national workforce planning.


Most significantly, under section 7A, this will be through the requirement of Scottish Ministers to annually issue Parliament with a report on how the duties imposed by the Bill are being enacted. This includes the duties on those who provide, plan and secure care services, creating an official record by which to measure the impact of the Bill on staffing levels.


Critically the report must include steps that Ministers have taken to ensure that “funding is available to any person who provides a care service in order to assist in the discharge of those duties”.


The Bill as a whole sets duties upon “any person who provides a care service” in that they must have regard to any guidance which Ministers decide to issue, and additionally, if it is decided to pursue the development of a set of Staffing tools for the sector.


The development of tools would be led by the Care Inspectorate but must involve the sector to ensure that they support provision rather than limit it. Any tools should consider both quantitative and qualitative information, to include professional judgement and as such compliments existing work which Scottish Care has been involved in with regards to a capability tool to support the National Care Home Contract. In addition, there is real opportunity if the staffing method were developed to support the recognition and value of interdisciplinary working.


Scottish Care will continue to represent our members in the development of any staffing method or tools and in the development of any guidance which Scottish Ministers may issue.

Psychology of Dementia – NES event

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is planning to relaunch a revised Psychological Interventions in Response to Stress & Distress in Dementia event on 26th June in Stirling. Organisers say the event is aimed at those already trained as stress and distress trainers with an operational/strategic remit.

Please see the details in the flyer below, including a link to the application form for those interested in attending.


SD Programme Relaunch

Workforce survey request from Scottish Government & COSLA

The Scottish Government and COSLA are looking for your views to help predict and address recruitment and retention challenges in the Social Care sector.

They are undertaking extensive fieldwork and a series of on-line surveys are central to this. There is a survey for employers to complete and it is available by clicking on this link: Employer survey

It should take about 15 minutes to complete, and is completely confidential.

The information gathered in this survey will inform the National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan and marketing recruitment campaigns for the Social Care and Early Learning and Childcare sectors.


There is also a survey for Social Care and ELC employees. This will gather the views of employees on what encouraged them to join the sector, what motivates them to stay and what their future intentions are. If you work in Social Care or ELC, or if you are an employer who can circulate the following link to your employees, please follow – or share -this link: Employee survey

This survey is completely confidential, and should only take about 10 minutes to complete.

The findings from all the research will help ensure that Social Care and ELC employers have the workforce they need going forward.

The surveys will close at 5pm on 17th May