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CCPS Workforce Development Network Bulletin - May 2014

Welcome to the news bulletin provided by the Workforce Development Network, which is hosted by CCPS and funded by Scottish Government.The Network aims to work in collaboration with SSSC and other key partners in order to build workforce capacity and leadership in voluntary sector social services providers.
More information about the Network can be found online -

In this issue:

Scottish Government awards further Workforce Development Grant to CCPS

The Scottish Government has awarded CCPS a second year of grant funding to build on the work begun last year to assist “social services providers in the voluntary sector to fully contribute to the national workforce development agenda and maximise their capacity to self-manage the development of their workforce.”
As last year, the CCPS Workforce Development Network will focus on the workforce development implications arising from the key Scottish Government policy areas which affect voluntary sector care and support provision, including leadership, workforce registration and regulation, self-directed support and the integration of health and social care. This year, following feedback from the sector, we have added a new work theme, Recognition and Reward.
The grant will assist CCPS, through its Workforce Development Network:
  • To work in collaboration with SSSC and other key partners, through sharing knowledge and practice, in order to build workforce capacity and leadership in voluntary sector social services providers.
  • To improve the impact that voluntary sector social service providers are able to make on the national workforce policy agenda, through acting as a voice of, and advocating for, their interests.
The team that was established last year remains in place.
The deliverables under the five agreed work themes are:
  • Voluntary sector providers know about the SSSC Step into Leadership (SiL) resource and collate information on usage to evaluate and influence its continued development.
  • Voluntary sector providers have influenced the development of the SSSC Leadership Strategy.
  • Voluntary sector providers have influenced the development of the Care Inspectorate’s review of methodology in how they inspect services to recognise leadership at all levels in the organisation. 
Registration and Regulation
  • Voluntary sector providers feel supported to comply with SSSC workforce registration requirements and to influence any related policy developments.
  • Voluntary sector providers are more confident in making use of workforce planning and development tools.
  • Voluntary sector providers are more confident in delivering qualifications and skills development, particularly around welfare reform.
Self-directed Support (SDS)
  • Voluntary sector workforce demonstrate increased confidence in risk enablement practice in relation to SDS. 
Health and Social Care Integration
  • Voluntary sector providers have accessed the workforce development opportunities presented by the integration agenda.
  • Statutory partners demonstrate increased understanding of the voluntary sector workforce and have started to engage with the sector in relation to workforce development.
  • Cross-sector agreement has been reached on ways to measure workforce engagement. 
Recognition and Reward
  • Data from the 2014 HR Voluntary Sector Benchmarking Survey informs social services workforce policy development.
  • Reward and recognition is secured for the voluntary sector workforce through CCPS working with SSSC and Scottish Care on low pay to influence the drafting of the procurement guidance on workforce issues.
  • Voluntary sector frontline workers have engaged with the OCSWA practitioner engagement initiative.
The work plan that sets out how the Workforce Development Network are going to deliver this work is available to view here.

For further information, please contact:
Judith Midgley, CCPS Workforce Associate, or T:07903 045921: or

Davina Adamson, CCPS Information and Communications Officer, or T:0131 475 2676.

Workforce Development Network event - 16 June

We are holding a free event on the afternoon of Monday 16 June, to gain feedback on this year’s programme of work and to focus on 4 key areas:
  • procurement and the living wage,
  • leadership for supervisors,
  • the impact of welfare reform on the workforce; and
  • induction for integrated working.
The event will take place between 1.30pm-4.45pm at Norton Park, Edinburgh.

More details about the content of the workshops are available on the CCPS website.

To book your place, please go to the booking page on Eventbrite.

Workforce register set to open for supervisors in June 2014

The SSSC has advised that it expects to open its register for supervisors of care at home and housing support on 30th June 2014. This is subject to Parliamentary approval of an Order which will prescribe the definitions of workers and the qualifications they will be required to attain.

This part of the register relates to supervisors who provide and supervise housing support and/ or care at home services and /or provide services to someone in those services. The qualifications for
housing support supervisors and for care at home supervisors have already been consulted on and the SSSC does not expect the definitions relating to the roles or to the required qualifications to change during the parliamentary process. 

The immediate impact will be on recruitment of new staff because any new supervisor in these types of services taking up a post from 30th June 2014 will be required to achieve registration within 6 months. This does not mean that a new worker has to achieve the prescribed qualification within 6 months because registration can be conditional on gaining a qualification within a set period (usually 5 years).  

Existing workers will be required to attain registration by 30th June 2017.

Employers are reminded that housing support and care at home supervisors already registered with another regulatory body, such as the National Medical Council or the Nursing and Midwifery Council, will not be required to register with the SSSC.

Employers are being encouraged to prompt staff to apply for registration well in advance of deadlines.The SSSC aims to process applications within 60 days of receipt, but this can be considerably longer in cases where a person has a more complex background which entails verification from other agencies.

Update on other workforce-related events

  • Promoting Excellence, the learning network for dementia care and support run by SSSC and NHS Education for Scotland (NES), have events taking place later this week, with the first  taking place in Castle Douglas on May 29 and in Kilwinning on May 30. Contact or phone: 01382 346189 for details of places remaining.    
  • CPP Seminars are holding a Scotland's Future Workforce event on 4 June - this half-day policy seminar is an opportunity to take stock of where we are in health and social care and consider the challenges and opportunities in trying to deliver key frontline services with reduced budgets and less staff. Annie Gunner Logan, CCPS Director, will be speaking at this event. For more details, please go to the CCPS website.
  • The presentations and other resources from the Social Services Expo and Conference event 2014, which took place on 18 March, are now available to view - please follow this link to the IRISS website for further details.
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