In 2014 the Minister for Children and Young People announced new standards for residential childcare workers and in February of this year confirmed the timetable for the rollout of the qualification. The Minister agreed to the establishment of a Short Life Working Group (SLWG) with sector membership to progress the implementation of the qualification. CCPS has two representatives on the group who will support and communicate the output of the group to the sector. The members of the group will consider:
Guidance to the workforce on credited learning and recognition of prior learning;
The range of approaches; degree, Professional Development Award and work-based learning; and
Advice on workforce planning and funding.
The SLWG met for the first time recently and reported:
Civil servants encouraged an open and candid discussion;
Scottish Government have agreed to consider whether there is a need for an equality impact assessment regarding gender and age issues for the workforce;
Confirmed universities are alive to the need for Level 9 curriculum to be flexible to cover a range of residential/ respite work bases; and
Implementation will have a built in review of effectiveness of the programme.
The Scottish Government have confirmed the VSDF will be available again this year to support a range of voluntary sector organisations providing social services which are registered with the Care Inspectorate.
The priority groups of workers eligible for support through VSDF funding this year, as agreed by Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS) and Scottish Government, are as follows:
Staff in Housing Support/Care at Home Services â€“ VSDF is open to Supervisors and Support Workers. Priority will be given to funding for Supervisors.
Assessors â€“ VSDF is available to support the costs of an assessor qualification for staff working within any of the eligible sectors described above.
VSDF is available to contribute to the costs associated with meeting the required registration qualification criteria set by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and assists employers in achieving a qualified workforce; small and medium-sized organisations in particular are encouraged to apply.
VSDF is to assist with the costs of Scottish Vocational Qualifications, Management Awards and Professional Development Awards. The priority is to support as many staff as possible to meet the required registration qualification within the funding available and to achieve value for money. Guidance notes and application form are available on the SSSC website, www.sssc.uk.com, completed applications must be sent to VSDF@scotland.gsi.gov.uk by 2 September 2016.
Registration dates for Supervisors in Housing Support and Care at Home Services
All supervisors, in post before 1st July 2014, in housing support and care at home services must be registered by 30th June 2017. To guarantee completion of registration SSSC has set a deadline for applications of 31st December 2016.
Supervisors in housing support services are defined as workers who hold responsibilities for providing and supervising the provision of care and/or support provided directly to a user of a housing support service.
Supervisors in care at home services are defined as workers who have responsibility for supervising workers and overseeing and monitoring the implementation of care plans.
Anyone carrying out duties described in the definition should apply for registration as a supervisor. If you are a supervisor in both housing support and care at home you must apply for registration on both parts of the Register. No date has been set as yet to register support workers in housing support and care at home services. Further details can be found on theSSSC website.
Housing Support Workforce Regulation: getting ready for registration
Supporting providers to prepare for registration is a joint Housing Support Enabling Unit (HSEU) and Workforce Development Network (WDN) event on 16 August from 13:30- 16:00. Michelle Nairn, a CCPS WDN Associate and Chair of the HR Voluntary Sector Forum will be presenting on some of the key issues for providers and there will be a short discussion on the early findings from the CCPS Business Resilience Survey. Laura Wylie and Cheryl Campbell from SSSC will provide updates on Fitness to Practice and the registration process and be available throughout the afternoon to answer questions and address any issues providers may have. The afternoon is an excellent opportunity to discuss concerns with the relevant staff from SSSC and to share learning with others in the sector. The event at the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow is free to attend; register atEventbrite
Fitness to Practice consultation on draft rules and decision guidance
Share your views and contribute to the shaping of the Fitness to Practice draft rules and decision guidance. SSSC are moving to a Fitness to Practice model, having already consulted on this, and are now consulting on draft Rules and Decisions Guidance. This consultation is the next stage in improving how SSSC carry out investigations and how cases are heard. The rules also contain changes that will streamline and improve processes and the way hearings are run.
After this consultation, which runs until 31 July 2016, SSSC will ask the Scottish Government to approve the rules and expect to start using the new rules at the end of October 2016. The guidance on decisions and sanctions and the revised SSSC Codes of Practice will come into effect at the same time. CCPS WDN will provide a response to this informed by views and input of the WDN. Details of how to contribute are available on theWDN website. The consultation documents are availablehere
Workforce Skills Report Survey
This is an opportunity for anyone working in social services including front line staff, managers and training managers, to provide their views and opinions on the current and future skills issues for the sectorâ€™s workforce. Take part in this short SSSC survey; as well as contributing to the understanding of the skill needed to deliver new services the findings can also help promote best practice and innovative action to address skills gaps. The survey runs until 29 July 2016 with the findings due to be published and shared with key stakeholders in 2017/18. Take the surveyhere
Networked Evidence Search and Summary Service
NHS Education (NES) is piloting this valuable new service in collaboration with CCPS and other social services organisations, with support from the Office of the Chief Social Work Adviser. NES are looking for partners to utilise the service and help tailor it to offer the best possible support to social services staff.
The Evidence Search and Summary Service identifies evidence from a wide range of sources and provides concise, action-focused evidence summaries that overcome the challenge of information overload. The aim is to help staff across social services and the new health and social care partnerships to use evidence for effective, timely decisions in frontline care and support, and in continuous service improvement and transformation. Using evidence in this way to build capacity for improvement and innovation is a key objective within the national Social Services Vision and Strategy.
Could your organisation or a particular team or project, benefit from this service â€“ for example, to support frontline practice, business development, outcomes-focused commissioning, learning and development? Would you like to be involved in shaping this service to meet the needs of social services and the new health and care partnerships?
NES would welcome the opportunity to partner with you. NES will carry out sourcing and summarising the evidence, and would value your input and guidance around the types of evidence that are most relevant to your needs, and how you would like this presented and disseminated to help embed the evidence in practice.
If you are interested in using this service please email Michelle Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call07779 454883.
Palliative and end of life care
In response to the publication of the Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Carein Scotland, the Scottish Government has commissioned NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and SSSC to develop a National Educational and Development Framework. This will support the learning and development needs of the entire health and social care workforce and will be focused on fostering an integrated and collaborative approach to education and learning provision for palliative and end of life care. To take the work forward an Education Advisory Group has been established with CCPS representation.
The approach taken is that palliative and end of life care is not only for specialist staff. All staff in care provision supporting people with palliative and end of life care needs should be able to access appropriate learning to support them in their role.
Social care staff can contribute to, and influence the development of the framework through the regional practice education coordinators who are keen to work with the workforce in the development of the educational framework. Initially the coordinators are undertaking learning needs assessment through face to face engagement and a learning needs survey. If you would like to be involved please contact one of the coordinators.
Jane Andrew: North RegionJane.Andrew@nes.scot.nhs.uk
Elizabeth Sanchez-Vivar: West Region Elizabeth.Sanchez-Vivar@nes.scot.nhs.uk
Elaine Colville: East RegionElaine.Colville@nes.scot.nhs.uk
Bring Your Own Enquiry (BYOE)
Iriss are seeking partners to work around an explorative approach to organisational enquiry. The BYOE project will support cross- organisational teams to collaboratively address and act on an issue that they have identified as a group. A Community of Enquiry (CoE) approach will be used initially to explore the experiences of those taking part and to build and develop a shared way forward. This approach is one that helps people go from sharing their own knowledge to very quickly being able to develop consensuson an issueto be explored and acted upon. Read more about BYOE on theIriss website. The deadline for registering interest in 27 July 2016.
This evidence summary explores the impact of welfare reform â€“ in a climate of austerity and cuts â€“ on key client groups and its consequent effect on the social services workforce in Scotland. It draws on evidence from the UK where relevant or transferable, but focuses on the Scottish context, impact and response.
The key points are:
Welfare reform has increased demand on the social services workforce, especially those in third sector care and support
Workers have been emotionally affected by the impact of welfare reform on clients lives and have felt angry, distressed, as well as disappointed and frustrated in their ability to help
Workers have been diverted from other tasks to help reassure people affected by welfare reform and guide and signpost them through the system
Additional workloads and emotional stresses come on top of an already difficult work-life balance, decreasing job security and pay and conditions with possible implications for recruitment and retention
The sector is involved in awareness raising, evidence gathering, lobbying and campaigning to challenge aspects of welfare reform