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March 2017 E-bulletin
Benchmarking Pay and Conditions in the Scottish Voluntary Sector
3rd May 2017 13:00- 17:00
Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow

This event will highlight findings from the HR Voluntary Sector Forum Benchmarking Survey 2016 on key issues affecting the workforce including pay and conditions.
Particular focus will be given to pay; recruitment and selection; working time; health and absence and insights into the implementation of the Living Wage.
It will draw on studies from previous years to engage in a longitudinal analysis of changing employment conditions in the sector. 
Keynote speakers include:
Professor Ian Cunningham – Professor of Employment Relations, University of Strathclyde.
Dr Alina Baluch - Lecturer in Management, University of St. Andrews.
Dr Andrea Coulson - Senior Lecturer Accounting and Finance, University of Strathclyde.
Registration and lunch will be available from 12.00pm.

Benefits of attending
The event is an opportunity to network and discuss, with lead bodies, policy makers, academics and other practitioners, current HR issues within the voluntary sector such as:
  • Implementing the Living Wage.
  • Recruitment crisis in care.
  • Working time.
  • Employee absence.
  • Mental health.
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National Health and Social Care Workforce Planning: Discussion Document
The need for a National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan was recognised in the Programme for Government and the Plan's purpose will be to deliver a workforce which is deployed in the right places, in the right numbers, doing the right things.
The Plan will be published in Spring 2017 following the publication of the discussion document and calls for input from all areas of health and social care.
Billy McKenzie and Grant Hughes from the Health Workforce and Strategic Change Directorate will attend CCPS Members' Meeting on 23 March 2015 in Dundee to hear providers' views and perspectives.
The document is available, with details of how to comment, here
Housing Support and Personalisation Event
March 28 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
This event will focus on:
  • Scotland’s SDS plan
  • CCPS’s recent research on the enablers and barriers to delivering personalised support
  • Criminal justice and personalised support
  • Preventing homelessness
  • Developing the workforce
Confirmed speakers are:  Catherine Garrod – P&P, Coalition of Care and Support Providers for Scotland;  Ashley Young -Simon Community Scotland; Michael Timmons – Loretto Care
The event is free but it is necessary to register as places are limited.

Apprenticeship Levy
The Apprenticeship Levy will be a levy on all UK employers to fund new apprenticeships and will affect all sectors. The levy, which comes into effect from April 2017,  must be paid on annual paybills in excess of £3 million. 
In Scotland it is estimated around eighty Third Sector employers will be impacted by the levy; the majority of them providing social care.
How will the Levy work?
The £221 million from the UK Government will be used by the Scottish Government, as part of the overall Scottish budget, to support skills, training and employment provision including the Modern Apprenticeship programme. The programme will:
  • Expand the number of Modern Apprenticeship opportunities to 30, 000 by 2020
  • Increase the number of Foundation Level and Graduate level Apprenticeships during 2017/18
  • Increase the number of Frameworks that can be supported for Apprentices over 25 years of age
Scottish Government will continue to allocate funding to Skills Development Scotland to manage the Modern Apprenticeship Programme.
Although  it will not be possible to recoup the full levy contribution through the Apprenticeship Programme it does  present an opportunity for voluntary sector providers to engage with the Programme. CCPS is collaborating with SSSC and SCVO to provide information and support to the sector to maximise the benefits gained from the Programme and influence future direction and developments.
CCPS will also produce a detailed information sheet on the Levy and the Apprenticeship Programme.
If you would like more information please contact: Alison Christie

Retention in the Voluntary Sector
HR Voluntary Sector Forum (HRVSF) members are concerned about the results of their annual benchmarking and in particular the rising % of turnover.  In addition the Scottish Government commissioned a report on recruitment and retention in the social care sector and the findings have evidenced a crisis point, in a sector where service demand will grow.  
HRVSF are now undertaking a twelve month pilot study to explore how providers could more effectively collaborate to provide evidence and information leading to the development of cohesive recruitment and retention strategies.
Early discussion has commenced with the University of Strathclyde to analyse the findings and produce a joint report on completion of the project.
If you would like more information on the project and discuss how organisations can participate please contact: Michelle Nairn
News from the Health and Social Care Alliance
Exploring new ways of working with the third sector in health and social care
The Active and Independent Living Improvement Programme (AILIP) events which are being jointly run by AILIP, the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE), and local Third Sector Interfaces, are a way for third sector organisations and Allied Health Professionals (AHP) to explore how they can work together in geographic areas to benefit local communities.
The workshops will have input from the Directors of the Health and Social Care Partnerships and the local AHP Leads.  A solutions-focused appreciative inquiry approach will be adopted for the second half of the day, to enable participants to meaningfully develop solutions related to the work-stream that interests them.
The events will be held throughout Scotland; to find out when an event will be happening in your area, follow the news and events page.
Regional Integration Forums Discussing Strategic Commissioning
The Third Sector Health and Social Care Support Team will be holding Integration Forums that have a particular focus on strategic commissioning, across 7 different regions in Scotland.
The aim is to provide participants with:
  • An introduction to strategic commissioning;
  • An overview of how it is being progressed locally, and across Scotland, from a third sector perspective;
  • The opportunity to discuss their experience of strategic commissioning to date; and
  • A chance to explore and consider what opportunities strategic commissioning may afford the sector in 2017-18 and how these can be capitalised upon.
The events are being held across Scotland throughout in March, April and May. Full details, locations and dates are available on Eventbrite

 Integration Arrangements Spreadsheets
The Third Sector Health and Social Care Support Team have been developing spreadsheets of information to make it easier for organisations to navigate the integration landscape. These include: Information to help you connect in; HSCP delegated functions and links to useful documents; Strategic Planning Group Information; IJB / Joint Monitoring Committee Information. More information about the spreadsheets can be found on their website.
In case you missed it…
CCPS responds to the Health and Sport Committee on prevention
In its response, CCPS highlights the transformative role the third sector can play in providing early intervention and prevention support and the importance of taking a wide view of prevention. Read the full submission here

Leadership Reference Group- Agenda and Minutes
The latest Agenda and Minutes from the Reference Group are on the CCPS website

Leadership Strategy 
The refreshed Leadership Strategy, Enhancing  leadership capability: The strategy for enhancing the leadership capability of Scotland's social services: Delivery plan 2017- 2020, was launched in December 2016 building on the success and achievements of the previous Strategy.

Consultation on the supervisory and management qualification requirements for adult services
SSSC are consulting on proposed changes to qualification requirements; an online survey is available until 16th April 2017. This is your opportunity to share your views on qualification requirements with the SSSC. Take the survey here

SDS Systems Workshop
The next workshop to develop a whole systems approach to SDS implementation will take place on 31st March 2017 10:00- 16:00 in Stirling. Julian Corner from the Lankelly Chase Foundation, who was extremely positively received at the recent CCPS conference, will explain whole systems approaches and to consider how this might work from an SDS perspective
To book your place email Jaqueline McDonagh



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