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I'm studying to be a social worker but I'm still not sure what the job involves - The Guardian (blog)

I'm studying to be a social worker but I'm still not sure what the job involves - The Guardian (blog) | Social services news | Scoop.it
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I'm a social work student about to go into my second year and the excitement is building.
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Social Work Services in Scotland briefing - Parliamentary Business :  Scottish Parliament

This briefing provides an overview of social work services in Scotland. It provides background information on the legislative framework underpinning social work services, the key policy themes and the organisation and funding of social work services.
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Mark O’Donnell: Number of visually impaired elderly needing care will only increase - The Scotsman

Mark O’Donnell: Number of visually impaired elderly needing care will only increase - The Scotsman | Social services news | Scoop.it
We often hear about the difficulties and problems faced by the health and social care sector in times of increased demand and dwindling resources. Worryingly we have seen reports of care homes closing or providers not even bidding for local authority contracts.
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Dementia (Focus on Dementia)

Overview An estimated 93,000 people have dementia in Scotland in 2017. Around 3,200 of these people are under the age of 65. As our population ages, the number of people with dementia will increase; we expect the number to double over the next 25 years. Focus on Dementia is a national improvement portfolio established by the Scottish Government and based within the ihub of Healthcare Improvement Scotland. We work in partnership with national organisations, health and social care partnerships, people with dementia, and carers to reduce variation and improve quality of care. Taking a whole pathway approach, our work supports: improvements in diagnosis and post-diagnostic support integrated care co-ordination in the community specialist dementia units, and acute care and advanced care. All of this work is supporting the implementation of Scotland’s dementia strategies and informing future policy and practice. Focus on Dementia Heat Map Please view an overview below of the areas the Focus on Dementia Portfolio is currently engaging with. View the heatmap Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy 2017-2020 View the Dementia Strategy (PDF) launched on 28 June 2017.
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Impact Hub Inverness monthly newsletter

Impact Hub Inverness monthly newsletter | Social services news | Scoop.it
Our May e-news - Its all about GDPR this month. But don't let that put you off! More info on our networking event for young people at Eden Court on 1 June plus all the usual updates.
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What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care: Development Team

What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care: Development Team | Social services news | Scoop.it
The What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care is a new project to foster evidence-informed practice in the sector in England.The Development Team is helping to identify what the Centre should focus on, how it should identify and share evidence, and how it should be managed and led...
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People-led Policy (Social Care Support) Project Development Worker (Highland) | Inclusion Scotland

People-led Policy (Social Care Support) Project Development Worker (Highland) | Inclusion Scotland | Social services news | Scoop.it
Job opportunity: People-led Policy (Social Care Support) Project Development Worker (Highland)   Salary:                  £24,459 p.a. pro rata for 17.5 hours per week (part-time), plus 8% pension contribution Contract:             Until 1 July 2019, extension subject to further funding Location:             Highland (Dingwall/ Inverness tbc) Closing Date:     10.00am on Monday 28 May 2018   Inclusion Scotland is seeking an enthusiastic individual to support the delivery in Highland of a new flagship project, placing people who use Adult Social Care Support at the heart of policy developments. Working closely with the People-led Policy Officer based in Edinburgh, this post will help recruit people with diverse lived experiences of using social care support in Highland to join new national engagement structures, promote the project in Highland, ensure capacity-building needs are met, keep records and contribute to reports. We are looking for someone with experience of collaborative working, excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills, and understanding of the barriers disabled people face. Project and post funded by Scottish Government. Interviews will be held in Dingwall/Inverness on Thursday 14 June 2018. Inclusion Scotland particularly welcomes applications from disabled people. Please let us know if you need the application pack in another format, assistance or reasonable adjustments.   For further details and how to apply you can: Phone 0131 281 0860 (Typetalk welcome) to ask for an application pack to be posted to you Download the application pack below: Application Development Worker Job description Development Worker (Highland) Equalities Monitoring Form 2017 Privacy notice Job Applicants Complete the application form and monitoring form, then e-mail them to janice@inclusionscotland.org or post to: Inclusion Scotland Hayweight House 23 Lauriston Street Edinburgh EH3 9DQ
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Digital Health and Social Care Learning Network day 24 May 2018

Digital Health and Social Care Learning Network day  Dundee University, 10am-4pm  #digicare4scot The Learning Network day The Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare, NHS24 & Scottish Government Technology Enabled Care (TEC) 2017 Learning Network day will take place on the 24th of May. 2017 SCTT Learning  Network Day Ebook   Attendees  Come along and find out more about digitally enabled health and care services in Scotland.  250 delegates attended the 2017 Learning Network day.  Staff attend from sectors including: health, social care, housing, voluntary sector, research, policy, technology and academia.  This event is free to attend.​   Programme By popular demand we will have the 5-minute snapshot presentations from Learning Network members, the programme will also feature a range workshops on topics of interest to those working on digitally enabled health and care services.  ​ To view the 2017 snapshots, go to: https://app.video3.co.uk/ Sign in using the username scttguest@video3media.co.uk and password welcome1234 then click on Videos   Exhibitors The chance to meet delegates, to build new relationships and get feedback is something that the attendees and the exhibitors value. The exhibition space is at the heart of the venue and feedback from the 2017 event was very positive. Check link please. Sponsorship packages are very reasonably priced and there are a range of different sponsorship opportunities. If you wish the range of sponsorship opportunities contact Victoria Wyness at SHSC Events ​victoria.wyness@nhs.net   We hope to see you on May 24 2018.
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North Ayrshire Council to end "spare room" barrier to new foster families

North Ayrshire Council to end "spare room" barrier to new foster families | Social services news | Scoop.it
A council is to allow people to foster children who need a home even if they don’t have a spare room for them to sleep in, in a Scottish first…...
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Social Work: Events : Newly Qualified Social Worker Conference

Social Work: Events : Newly Qualified Social Worker Conference | Social services news | Scoop.it
Newly Qualified Social Worker Conference Title Newly Qualified Social Worker Conference Speaker(s) Hosted by: Social Work # University of Edinburgh Date and Time 31st May 2018 09:00 - 31st May 2018 16:10 Location 50 George Square, EH8 9JU The theme of the NQSW Conference is 'Building the future: Shaping our social work identity'. The NQSW Conference is a free event. To register go to Eventbrite at: https://nqsw2018.eventbrite.co.uk Venue: 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh Date: 31st May 2018 NQSW Conference programme : 09:00                               Stalls open and refreshments 09.30 – 9:50                 Registration & Workshop sign up 9:50 – 10.20                 Welcome & Introductions:                                            Professor Viv Cree, The University of Edinburgh (Conference Chair)                                           Jane Johnstone, Professional Social Work Adviser Scottish Government                  10.25 -10.40                 Key note Speaker:                                             Susan Taylor, Past President of Social Work Scotland 10.45 -11.45                Choose a Workshop                                            Choose a workshop for the morning session and one for the afternoon session. 11:50 – 12.20              Update: NQSW RESEARCH                                            Presented Martin Kettle 12.20 – 13.10              Lunch 13.10 - 13.50              Updates                                           Review of Social Work Education & NQSW development Anne Tavendale - SSSC                                                     Workforce  Development and Planning Advice 14.00 - 15.00             Choose a Workshop 15.00 – 15.15            Comfort break 15.15- 16.00              Jo McFarlane                                          Presented by Jo McFarlane                                         Jo McFarlane is a poet who has lived in Edinburgh all her life and studied languages and                                           philosophy and gained a postgraduate degree in Community Education at the University of                                          Edinburgh. Jo tells how her artistic side helped her  conquer the mental illness that                                          threatened to destroy her.               16.00 – 16.10            Closing words:          Professor Viv Cree
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WEBINAR Integrated Care Matters: A Community Approach to Palliative and end of Life Care Tickets, Wed, 16 May 2018 at 12:00

WEBINAR Integrated Care Matters: A Community Approach to Palliative and end of Life Care Tickets, Wed, 16 May 2018 at 12:00 | Social services news | Scoop.it
Eventbrite - International Foundation for Integrated Care presents WEBINAR Integrated Care Matters: A Community Approach to Palliative and end of Life Care - Wednesday, 16 May 2018 - Find event and ticket information.
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Could you become a foster carer in North Ayrshire?

Could you become a foster carer in North Ayrshire? | Social services news | Scoop.it
Could you become a foster carer in North Ayrshire?
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New campaign aims to cut time social workers spend on paperwork | Nursery World

New campaign aims to cut time social workers spend on paperwork | Nursery World | Social services news | Scoop.it
Read New campaign aims to cut time social workers spend on paperwork childcare and the latest childcare & early years news & best practice on Nursery World...
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Social care funding options: how much and where from? - Social Care Online

This paper pulls together new financial modelling, public perceptions work and policy analysis to identify current problems with adult social care in England. Building on a previous working paper, it outlines the costs of alternative models and identifies the advantages and disadvantages, impact...
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Transgender awareness in child and family social work

Transgender awareness in child and family social work | Social services news | Scoop.it
Research into the adequacy and consistency of knowledge on gender variance in social work training and continuous professional development.
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Adverse Childhood Experiences: Learning from Research for Better Policy and Practice in Scotland Tickets, Tue, 19 Jun 2018 at 09:30

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Learning from Research for Better Policy and Practice in Scotland Tickets, Tue, 19 Jun 2018 at 09:30 | Social services news | Scoop.it
The Scottish Adverse Childhood Experiences Hub (hosted by NHS Health Scotland) in collaboration with the Scottish Government, is hosting a seminar on research and evidence on childhood adversity and trauma and its implications for policy and practice.
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Communication skills for caring | SSSC

Communication skills for caring | SSSC | Social services news | Scoop.it
Find communication for caring help across Scotland, in your local area or online...
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Benchmarking 2017/18 22/5/18 Presentation slides: The Voluntary Sector Recruitment Working Group Presentation 2018 final Engage Strathclyde 2.5.18 Longitudinal presentation 1.5.18 final Benchmarking Pay and Conditions May 1st final Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme Review 07/05/18 Consultation  open until 18th July 2018. The consultation is a very detailed 74 pages and includes the new products, fees structure and protected roles that are being proposed. A summary of the key points is now available PVG Scheme review Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination Working Group CCPS has representation on this Ministerial led group. CCPS was asked to survey its members and the findings have now been analysed. A  summary of Survey findings and Overview are now available. Scottish Labour NHS and Social Care Workforce Commission The Commission are gathering evidence on a number of issues impacting the health and social care workforce until 17th April 2018. The consultation document and details of how to respond are now available:  Scottish Labour NHS and Social Care Workforce Commission Consultation Document The CCPS  Labour Workforce Commission Consultation response is now available. Safe Staffing Legislation At the end of last year the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport announced that the Safe Staffing Bill, initially for the nursing and midwifery workforce, would be extended from the outset to include social care. CCPS is a member of the Strategy Group and is also represented on the Bill Reference group and has written a brief overview of the Safe Staffing Legislation  Further updates will be posted as available. Apprenticeship Seminar 10th October 2017 At the seminar in October providers had some questions for the speaker from Scottish Government who agreed to seek clarification on some of the issues. The response can now be found here: Apprenticeship Seminar 10th October 2017 A shared workforce vision for health and social care staff? The Scottish Government is looking at the possibility of developing a shared workforce vision for health and social care staff working in integrated settings. Social Work Scotland (SWS) has been commissioned to undertake some analysis of vision statements that are currently in place across social services. SWS has developed a short questionnaire and the findings will assist in evaluating what opportunities or issues there might be developing a shared vision. The questions, with details of how to respond can be found here: A-shared-workforce-vision-for-the-health-and-social-care-workforce-2.doc Flexible Workforce Development Fund The Flexible Workforce Development Fund is a direct response from the Scottish Government to the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April this year by the UK Government. The £10 million fund is available to all levy payers in Scotland however each levy payer will only be able to access a maximum of £10k. The fund cannot be used for statutory or mandatory training. Applications are submitted to regional colleges who will process them on a first come first served basis assessing whether they meet the criteria for the fund. Colleges are expected to work with employers to identify skills gaps and to access relevant training to meet the fund’s criteria: Workplace coaching and mentoring HR related support activities Unmet digital skills needs Essential skills i.e. communication and interpersonal skills The Scottish Funding Council has a list of regional colleges on the website. There is a clear responsibility on regional colleges to work with employers to support them to recoup some of their levy costs (although for many large organisations the £10k max will be a small percentage of what they pay). The fund, which opened on 11th September 2017, closes on 15th December. Given that the fund is first come first served the earlier an application is submitted the more likelihood there is of a successful outcome. Contact your regional college as soon as possible and make use of the offer for assistance to begin the application process. Employer Guidance Application Process and Template New services from NHS librarians to support staff in health and social care Join one of two webexes to find out about new services that NHS librarians are offering to support staff in health and social care to make evidence-informed decisions. The webexes are scheduled for: 1st September  12 pm – 1 pm 26th September 2 pm – 3 pm Both webexes will bring you up to speed with the  specialist librarian services available to you, in: Sourcing and summarising evidence to answer your questions. Presenting evidence as easy to use digital resources – e.g. digital care pathways. Developing digital, information and health literacy skills. Working as evidence partners in health and social care teams. These webexes are part of The Right Decision campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the NHS librarian role in providing the right evidence, at the right time, to support decision-making in health and social care. If you would like to participate in one of these webexes, please contact ann.wales@gov.scot with your name, job title and organisation, stating your preferred date. Voluntary Sector Development Fund 2017/18 The Voluntary Sector Development Fund (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. The fund is available to support a range of voluntary sector organisations registered with the Care Inspectorate and providing social services; small and medium sized organisations in particular are encouraged to apply. The  SSSC  administer the VSDF on behalf of the Scottish Government and have confirmed  around £900, 000 will be available during 2017/18 to contribute to costs associated with staff meeting the required registration qualification criteria. Workers eligible for support this year as agreed by CCPS, Scottish Government and SSSC are support workers in Housing Support and Care at Home Services   A maximum of £1,200 is available for each worker who undertakes the SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level 6 after 1 January 2018. Allocation of funds will depend on the number of applications received; there will be an upper ceiling of £25,000 that any one organisation can receive. Staff do not need to be registered with SSSC to be eligible for funding but must do so within six months of the employer accepting the VSDF award. Funding is only available for staff commencing training after January 2018 and is also only available for staff in post at the time of submitting the application. Given the number of support staff requiring to be registered it is anticipated that there will be a large number applying for funding. It is crucial to read the guidance notes before submitting applications and to provide as much detail as possible on meeting the criteria and how the money will be spent. CCPS is a member of the group that determines decisions on funding. To ensure your organisation is considered for the award it is essential to meet the criteria as set in the guidance notes and to complete the application form fully. The application form is available on the SSSC Website and the closing date for applications is 1st September 2017 Social Services Expo 17 The Scottish Social Services Expo 2017 will provide an exciting opportunity to learn about current innovation and best practice in Scotland’s social services. Taking place at Crieff Hydro hotel on 13 June, the Expo will allow attendees to participate in a wide range of workshops and network with colleagues from across the sector. It will provide an opportunity to hear and input into current policy development and to share expertise and best practice from frontline service delivery. Additionally, attendees can spend time with the exhibitors showcasing innovative services and approaches from across the sector. The event is aimed at frontline practitioners in all areas of social service delivery and will include attendees from local government, the voluntary and independent sectors. Register to book your free place here SSSC Website SSSC are upgrading their website and are looking for views and suggestions on what people think needs to be improved. If you regularly visit the SSSC website this is a great opportunity to help shape the new website. If you want to contribute to the development of the new website take the short survey here. The Duty of Candour Procedure (Scotland) Regulations 2017 The Regulations have been drafted taking into account the extensive feedback from stakeholders in health and social care. The regulations provide the detail on the implementation of the duty; it is important to ensure this is relevant to the voluntary social care sector. The draft Regulations are no available for comment using the Feedback on Duty of Candour Regulations (2) form. The Regulations are available at: Duty of Candour Procedure (Scotland) Regulations 2017 – DRAFT Apprenticeship Levy and Modern Apprentices With the introduction of the UK Government Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 several CCPS members raised concerns about the impact this would have on training budgets and their ability to meet SSSC registration and qualification requirements. CCPS has been working closely with SCVO and other partners to gather information, answer providers’ queries and identify how providers can benefit from their levy contribution through the Modern Apprenticeship Programme. You can find out more about the  information gathered to date and the current and ongoing work in our latest blog by Alison Christie here. Scottish Social Services Awards #SSSA17 The shortlist for the Scottish Social Services Awards has now been published and is available on the website. Alongside this is a small selection of entries highly commended by the judges. Both lists are available on the website Voluntary Sector Development Fund The funding is being allocated to 79 charities that provide care at home and housing support services and will support staff to meet the qualification requirements for registration with the SSSC. PVG Scheme review Help Disclosure Scotland to protect children and adults.  Disclosure Scotland is currently reviewing the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme and needs your help. The best way to do this is to complete their online survey, which will take about 10 minutes, but you can also send them an email if you’d like to get more involved. This is a great opportunity to have your say and to make a difference to important legislation that will have a real impact on you, your work, and your family and friends. So get involved! Technology Enabled Care- Survey on learning and development needs NHS Education for Scotland is conducting a survey to support the national Technology Enabled Care Programme (TEC) which aims to support digital transformation of health, care and support services by using technology as an integral part of high quality, cost effective care and support. The survey is seeking views on the learning and development needs to ensure TEC is part of the everyday delivery of health and care. Staff, even if not working with TEC, from health, social care, housing and support services are invited to complete the survey, it will only take ten minutes, before 24 April 2017. Take the survey here Retention in the Voluntary Sector The HR Voluntary Sector is taking part in a project to explore retention in the sector.  CCPS has been supporting the project and now invite you to participate in the 12 month pilot. To date the working party, of which 8 organisations are a part of, have met twice and have agreed the following: Scope of the working party (attached) Template to be used by pilot participants Funding from CCPS Collaboration with Strathclyde University Scope of the working party It was agreed that the scope of the working party is to develop a common approach to exit interviewing across the sector to enable us to benchmark and track reasons for leaving, where people are going and track career progression of social care staff. This will then support these organisations to explore retention strategies based on the collective research carried out. This will be piloted with the organisations involved in the working party and potentially others from the Voluntary Sector HR Forum. Template to be used The working party discussed and agreed key information to be collated for all organisations involved in the pilot to ensure we capture consistent and relevant data. I have attached the template we will be using for you information. We believe it is essential for us to capture consistent data to ensure we can measure and benchmark our returns. We wish to: Use the project  as a best practice example Work collaboratively on this issues which is affecting the whole sector Be consistent across the sector to understand what is happening to our talent Generate accurate data as opposed to anecdotal data Use data as a sector to explore retention strategies Funding from CCPS CCPS has managed to support the group by enabling funding to carry out the analysis and benchmarking. This will protect the integrity of the analysis and ensure confidentiality similar to the wider benchmarking annual survey. Collaboration with Strathclyde University The funding has supported a partnership arrangement with Strathclyde University and they have agreed to analyse and report on the data as part of the wider benchmarking that they already undertake.  The HR Voluntary Sector Forum already have a positive relationship with the University and feel this is an excellent approach as this will give more credibility to the process with complete integrity. We will be kicking the pilot off on 1st April 2017 and are looking for further participants to join, so please consider if your organisation will be able to join us. Further details are available on the information sheet: Retention in the Voluntary Sector – Project (2) If you would like to discuss this further please contact Victoria Knox  0131 478 8188 or Michelle Nairn  0141 427 0523 Consultation on the supervisory and management qualification requirements for adult services SSSC are considering making changes to the supervisory and management qualification requirements for registration and are seeking views on this. An online survey is available until 16 April 2017. Make sure your views are heard; respond here now! Benchmarking Pay and Conditions in the Scottish Voluntary Sector 3rd May 2017 13:00- 17:00 Strathclyde Business School Glasgow This event will highlight key 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.   Who should attend? Human Resource professionals in the voluntary sector. Members of sector-lead bodies. Representatives from local authorities and Scottish government. Union officials. Academics with expertise in the area. 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. Register here   Calling all supervisors SSSC are considering a change in the additional supervisory qualification that supervisors need for SSSC registration but to make sure they  get that right they need to hear about your experiences. This is an opportunity to ensure that qualification requirements are influenced by practitioners; go along to an inquiry group and have your voice heard. Details of opportunities to engage are in the SSSC communication below. Dear registrant We want to hear your stories about your role as a supervisor, the contribution you make to your service and the supports and challenges you face day-to-day. We know you do a valuable job supervising staff, resources and processes. We also know how difficult it can be. We want to understand the managerial and supervisory aspects of your role so we can work with others to support you better. You are the experts in what you do. We need your views to inform any future changes to the qualification requirements for registration and to help shape the wider range of support that can help supervisors carry out their jobs effectively. If you would be interested in coming to an inquiry group or taking part in a short telephone discussion to share your views, please complete your details in this short form and we will get back in touch. Click here to complete your details  We will also contact you again soon with details of a national online survey. For more information, or if you cannot access the link, please contact Jacqueline McDonagh, Learning and Development, on 01382 207316, or Jacqueline.mcdonagh@sssc.uk.com Duty of Candour Implementation Updated information on the Duty of Candour legislation, due to be implemented in April 2018, is  now available here A dedicated webpage with frequently asked questions is also available here There is also a dedicated email address for further queries: dutyofcandour@gov.scot Duty of Candour E-learning module- Content Development Workshop 3rd February 2017 10:30- 15:30 Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Prince Philip Building, Deacon Suite, 19 Hill Place, Edinburgh.  EH8 9DP  This workshop  will consider the content for the e-learning module.  This is your opportunity to shape the development of this essential learning tool for staff across health and social care in relation to the Duty of Candour.  If you can only attend part of the day your attendance would still be welcomed.  Full details are available on the Content Development Workshop – Programme – 3 February 2017 Scottish Social Services Awards 2017 The Scottish Social Services Awards are now open for nominations! Including 10 new categories such as ‘silo buster’, ‘the untold story’ and ‘head above the parapet’ the awards have been designed to recognise innovation and excellent practice across the sector. Launched by the Social Work Services Strategic Forum, a partnership set up to create and deliver a vision for high quality and effective social services, it will celebrate individuals, teams and organisations making a positive difference to peoples’ lives. Nominations are open until 28 February 2017 and entries can be as an individual, a team, an organisation or to nominate others. Find out more about the full list of categories and how to enter at www.sssa.scot The Facebook pages for the Scottish Social Service Awards are now live at Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/SSSAwards/ Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/355131511546570/ Safer Recruitment Guidance The updated Safer Recruitment Guidance is now live. The guidance was created with input and feedback from many voluntary sector providers and is a really useful resource for employers. The online resource is a ‘living’ resource and providers can continue to share practice examples either by emailing: hub@careinspectorate.com  or: Laura.Wylie@sssc.uk.com The online resource is available here Duty Of Candour Legislation Duty of Candour legislation is due to be implemented in Scotland in April 2017. The purpose is to support the implementation of consistent responses across health and social care providers when there has been an unexpected event or incident that resulted in death or harm and is not related to the course of the condition for which the person is receiving care. To support this the Scottish Government has created an Implementation Advisory Group and CCPS has representation on this. Further details on the legislation and work of the groups is available as an information sheet:  Duty of Candour  Recent findings released on Recruitment and Retention in the social service workforce in Scotland In February 2016, the Social Work Services Strategic Forum, through the Office of the Chief Social Work Adviser, commissioned a review of the recruitment and retention challenges that the Scottish social service sector faces. An online survey and qualitative interviews were conducted from June to August 2016, amongst a range of stakeholders across much of the social service sector in Scotland with over 70 voluntary sector providers contributing. The report reflects the impact/challenges in the sector and how this is not just having a negative impact on service delivery and quality of services but strongly impacting on providers’ ability to meet service demands and to a quality standard which is acceptable. The report also confirms that Voluntary Sector staff are provided with training and qualification support often for them to go to local authority where pay and conditions are better and working hours and flexibility demands are not as apparent – two of the major issues highlighted. The main findings include: Voluntary Sector providers fare less well than Independent Sector and Public Sector in regards pay, make more use of zero hours contracts and pay freezes. Recruitment is no longer an impending crisis, existing problems are very real with providers expecting this trend to continue or worsen. 2015 Benchmarking Survey had 84.5% (up from 71% previous year) experiencing recruitment difficulties, now increased to 89%. The image of the sector needs to be improved; providers are very clear on this and that there should be a national effort to achieve this. Living Wage is welcome from providers and employees but no confidence that this will support retention in the sector. Erosion of pay differentials causing major concern in retaining managers; the biggest impact in retention is care/support workers but managers also an issue which will increase over time with the introduction of the Living Wage. CCPS was invited to provide feedback on the findings and comment on the scale and impact these are having on voluntary sector providers. The findings from the research will be considered by the Strategic Forum in order to better inform national policy development going forward.
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Smart wristbands predict fall risk in Dumfries and Galloway homes

Smart wristbands predict fall risk in Dumfries and Galloway homes | Social services news | Scoop.it
The wearable technology helps a social landlord to predict potential accidents in its sheltered housing.
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Ayr Part-Time Support Practitioner (32hr) - FEMALE DRIVER ONLY - Turning Point Scotland

Ayr Part-Time Support Practitioner (32hr) - FEMALE DRIVER ONLY - Turning Point Scotland | Social services news | Scoop.it
Ref No: 452. Vacancy: Ayr Part-Time Support Practitioner (32hr) - FEMALE DRIVER ONLY. Salary: £16,258 - £17,727. Location: Ayrshire.Closing Date: 28/05/2018 23:55...
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Looking after yourself when you're a carer | Parkinson's UK

Looking after yourself when you're a carer | Parkinson's UK | Social services news | Scoop.it
Looking after yourself when you're a carer Caring for someone with Parkinson's can be challenging. This information looks at how you can make sure you are taking care of yourself and your wellbeing. If you're busy caring for someone, it may be difficult to look after your own physical and mental health. But recognising your own needs will help you balance caring with the rest of your life. It's important to access all of the available help and support for people with Parkinson's and their carers. Having a good quality of life will benefit you and the person you care for. Keeping a diary can be a useful tool to keep track of what you're doing as a carer. You can then refer to this when you visit the doctor or another health or social care professional, or for a carer's assessment, when applying for financial benefits and so on. SHARE EXPERIENCES WITH OTHER CARERS Talking to other people in a similar situation can help. You can connect with and chat to other carers on our Parkinson's UK forum and on our . Many carers are members of our local groups and attend meetings and activities, either with the person they care for or on their own. Our Parkinson's local advisers provide emotional support and practical help for people with Parkinson's, their carers and families. Carers UK has a forum for carers where you can chat to other carers, find support and share information. You can also read about other carers' experiences in our real life stories section. YOUR HEALTH NEEDS Letting your own health suffer or allowing stress levels to rise will not allow you to care well. Make sure you attend regular check-ups and screenings. As soon as you notice an issue, book an appointment so that any problems are managed as quickly and effectively as possible. Look after your back, especially if you have to lift the person you care for. Ask your GP, district nurse or an occupational therapist to advise on lifting, turning or moving aids to assist you. They can also offer advice on equipment and living aids to help the person you care for move around the house more easily without your help. A physiotherapist may be able to help you and the person you care for to maintain general levels of fitness and mobility. You may be referred to a physiotherapist by your GP, specialist or Parkinson's nurse. Recognise the signs of stress and find techniques to help with relaxation. Meditation, yoga or massage are just some ways to relax, but find what suits you best. Activities that absorb your concentration, such as gardening or reading, can be therapeutic. Learn to recognise the signs of depression. This may affect carers as well as people with Parkinson's. TALKING TO YOUR GP Your GP will be the first stop when accessing health and social services. Prepare for your appointments - keep a diary of how you (and the person you care for) have been, your feelings and any issues that have arisen. Make a list of things that you want to talk about. Keep the list short and put things in order of importance. If you have particular problems, think about how to describe them before you see the doctor. Try to be as factual as possible, and don't feel you have to talk in medical jargon. Just use the words that you feel comfortable with. If the person you care for is happy for you to be there, accompany them in their appointments with healthcare professionals. Also, invite them along if you are happy for them to attend your own appointments. Be honest about your needs, your feelings, and what you think would help. If you're not feeling confident, take someone along with you. Having someone else in the meeting can help you to remember what is said. Taking brief notes might help too. CARERS' REGISTERS Talk to the surgery's receptionist to get your caring responsibilities recognised by your GP. Some GP surgeries have a database of carers. If you are on this, you will be given special consideration because of your role and the pressures it may place on you. It will make all staff aware of your role, giving you more appropriate appointment times, pointers to other services and support. You will also be able to get free flu jabs and information about events for carers. It will ensure that any outpatient appointments and admission letters state that you are a carer. If your surgery doesn't have a carers' register, ask them to set one up, explaining how it will help staff to be aware of your and other carers' needs. PRIMARY HEALTH CARE TEAM Your GP and primary care team provide valuable support, advice and information. This may include: arranging home visits to you or the person you care for arranging appointments for you and the person you care for at the same time supplying repeat prescriptions to be delivered to your local pharmacy putting you in touch with other sources of support and advice, such as the social work department and local voluntary agencies providing supporting letters and information for benefits or for your local housing department or blue badge scheme CARERS' ASSESSMENTS Your local authority has responsibility for arranging services that help you take a break from caring. This is done through a carer's assessment. As a carer, it is your right to have an assessment. After your assessment, if your local authority agrees you have needs, they will arrange services to help you. As well as breaks, this may include any help that would maintain your own health and balance caring with other aspects of your life, such as work and family. To find out more, contact your local authority to ask for an assessment for the person you care for, and you as the carer. Your local authority will also have information on voluntary organisations and specialist providers of respite services (see below).  RESPITE AND TIME OFF FROM CARING A break from daily routines and responsibilities is important, especially if you care full-time because you are retired or don't work and are with the person you care for 24 hours a day. Breaks from caring are often called 'respite care'. This care can vary from a few hours' break to a longer holiday. You may want to go away alone, or there may be the chance to go with the person you care for on a holiday where care is provided. Time off from caring responsibilities can be vital. Respite care can help both you and the person with Parkinson's. It allows you both to have a break, and perhaps to socialise with other people. Respite can be given in a variety of ways, including: a social services care worker, or someone from a charity such as Carers Trust, coming to your home to care for the person with Parkinson's. This can be occasional or frequent the person you care for spending some time at a day centre, providing you with time to do your own thing the person you care for having short, perhaps regular, stays in a care home trips or holidays together with the person you care for You can find out more about respite care and how to apply for financial help or services from: NHS Choices Carers Trust Carers UK Crossroads Care NI Crossroads Caring Scotland Revitalise respite holidays for carers EXERCISE AND DIET A healthy diet and regular exercise are as important for you as a carer as they are for the person you care for. Exercise does not need to be too strenuous. Even a regular walk can help. It may help to talk to a physiotherapist. They can advise you on care of your own body, most importantly your back, as well as prevention of harm to the person for whom you are providing care. Some of our local groups hold group physiotherapy sessions and exercise classes for people with Parkinson's and their carers. ADJUSTING TO BEING A CARER "Sometimes you suddenly realise how things have changed. That people always ask 'How's Ron?' They never ask 'How are you?' or 'How are you coping?'" Last updated December 2013. We review all our information within 3 years. If you'd like to find out more about how we put our information together, including references and the sources of evidence we use, please contact us at publications@parkinsons.org.uk.
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