Voices from the front line of nursing in social care

Over the next few months, the Workforce Matters team will be working closely with colleagues in Scottish Care on a piece of research exploring the experiences of front line nursing in social care settings.  We are acutely aware of the challenges providers face recruiting nurses, and the damaging implications of long term reliance on agencies.

We anticipate that this research will start in August, with a report and key findings launched at Scottish Care’s Care Home Conference on 18 November.

More information will be shared with our members over the coming weeks where we will be looking for organisations to express interest in getting involved in interviews and discussions.

For more information please contact [email protected]

Scottish Government recruitment and retention survey

We are acutely aware that there continues to be challenges recruiting and retaining staff – be it front line support workers, service managers or nurses.

The Office of the Chief Social Work Advisor (OCSWA) Scottish Government has commissioned a study to provide an in-depth view of the issues and challenges that the social care sector is facing with recruitment, retention and workforce planning. The study is on behalf of the Social Work Services Strategic Forum.

We are supporting the Office of the Chief Social Work advisor promote a survey which will explore the recruitment challenges in more detail.  This will build on the research Scottish Care undertook in 2015.   Findings are due out later this summer and will be shared with Scottish Care members.

Recruitment and retention will form a significant part of the next Support Worker Strategy Forum and Workforce Development Strategy Group.