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]


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.


Keep Up to Date with all SSSC related news ,events and resources at SSSCNews “The online magazine for Scotland’s social services.”