Qualifying Care: new report launched at Workforce Matters event

Today (28 March 2019), Scottish Care launched a new report at a Workforce Matters event in Glasgow.

The report, titled ‘Qualifying Care: An Exploration of Social Care Registration Qualifications in Scotland’, is based on survey data collected from Scottish Care member services across adult social care (care homes, care at home & housing support services) in early 2019.

It explores different aspects and stages of achieving registrable qualifications (largely SVQs), as required as part of SSSC registration of the workforce, as well as post-registration training and learning (PRTL) requirements.

The report finds:

  • More than half of all front line workers are yet to begin their qualifications
  • There is a diverse approach to how qualifications are funded and provided across the country, but there is an accessibility issue in terms of funding for older workers
  • 20% of care homes and 18% of home care services have had to suspend employees due to not achieving qualifications in the allocated time
  • Nearly a third of home care and a quarter of care home services have experienced staff leaving employment and citing SVQ requirements as a reason

You can follow the event and discussions on the report on Twitter at #qualifyingcare

To read the report, click here.

Changes being made to MySSSC

Many of you will already have been contacted by the SSSC about the changes and improvements which will be taking place in MySSSC in February. Please see below a brief Employer Guide which will give you an outline of some of the most significant changes.

Please note that while the system is being upgraded, there will be no employer or registrant access to MySSSC from Thursday 7th February until Monday 11th February.

More information will be shared by the SSSC over the coming weeks but if you have any questions about these changes please contact the Registration Team at the SSSC.


Nutrition Resource

Nutrition is a hugely significant factor in the delivery of quality care for people living in care homes and their own homes all across the country. Colleagues at NHS Highland have produced a newsletter, Nutrition News, highlighting positive and innovative food, fluid and nutritional care across their locality in a variety of settings that will be of interest to anyone involved in the care and wellbeing of older people wherever they may be.



Scottish Social Services Awards 2019

The Scottish Social Services Awards 2019 will shortly be seeking nominations and the organisers are keen for the social care sector to be involved.

Please see the details below regarding the nominations, which open in January.



The 2019 Scottish Social Services Awards will open in the New Year, inviting individuals, teams and organisations working across social services to enter or nominate someone worthy of an accolade.

Building on the success of the previous 2 years, they still include 10 distinct categories, designed to acknowledge innovation and recognise work which helps vulnerable people in our communities. We are looking for those who strive to make change happen, demonstrate a different or enlightened approach and the bright sparks of the future.

Our 2019 special Policy Focus award will be on mental health services in recognition of the importance of mental health services for everyone across our society.

The awards will be open for entries online from 7 January 2019, with a closing date of 15 February 2019. In the meantime, you can start planning what to enter by reviewing the full list of categories, along with our entry guidance and hints and tips on our website.

Be sure to check out our 2018 winners’ entries and films to see what makes a winning entry and the standards our judges will be looking for. Please follow us on social media and like and share our posts for #SSSA19.

Dementia Champions Programme – accepting applications until 8 December

The Scottish Government are supporting 100 people to take this 5 day professional development course, with 22 places available to social service workers in appropriate roles. It will support participants to achieve knowledge and skills at the Enhanced dementia practice level, as described in Promoting Excellence: a framework for all health and social service staff working with people with dementia, their families and carers (2011). On completing the course, Dementia Champions have access to a support network to connect them to ongoing professional development opportunities.

You are encouraged to apply if you are:

  • working in a senior role with organisational support to implement both small and large scale change;
  • working in a hospital setting e.g. hospital based social worker, or at the interface between hospital and community-based support
  • working in a care home, care at home or other social care organisation.

The course will begin in April and end in August 2019.

Applications from social service workers must reach the SSSC by FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER 2018.

Email [email protected] to request an application pack.


Kaleidoscope of Care – last few places remaining

The Workforce Matters team will be hosting an event focusing on recruitment, retention and fair work on 28 September at Strathclyde University.

For more details on the Kaleidoscope of Care event, including the programme and how to register to come along, please click below: