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What do you understand by the term blended learning? (a poll)

What do you understand by the term blended learning? (a poll) | Social services news | Scoop.it
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World Alzheimer's Day: A message from Henry Simmons

You may have spotted a message from our Chief Executive in your local paper. Find out more....
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Outreach organisations can apply for new £2.3m digital fund | Third Sector

Outreach organisations can apply for new £2.3m digital fund | Third Sector | Social services news | Scoop.it
The Institute of Coding has announced the fund, backed by money from the Office for Students...
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New homes bring health & social care into Moray community

New homes bring health & social care into Moray community | Social services news | Scoop.it
A new social housing development for older people at Spynie in Elgin, which is designed to bring health care into the community, has been welcomed by the local MSP as he visited the construction site.
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Andrew Leonard is fundraising for Scottish Association for Mental Health

Andrew Leonard is fundraising for Scottish Association for Mental Health | Social services news | Scoop.it
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Stories from the coalface: Exploring what it means to work together in Aberdeenshire | What Works Scotland

Stories from the coalface: Exploring what it means to work together in Aberdeenshire | What Works Scotland | Social services news | Scoop.it
Multiple approaches, telling stories and putting in the groundwork to establish effective connections – what does it mean to work together effectively? Here we ask participants in the Aberdeenshire collaborative action research about what they learned from different projects and what they continue to learn from the experience. The Aberdeenshire case site page tells the continuing story of the Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership (CPP) and What Works Scotland action and participatory research work from 2015 onwards through the key research projects, related activities and resulting reports. Here,  is the same story but from a different perspective – that of ‘us’ the participants – and what we – the participants – think about putting the Christie Commission’s recommendations for the future delivery of public services into action. This work focussed on, firstly, community capacity building for health and wellbeing, and, secondly, relations between central and local community planning (multi-layered preventative partnership). From 2016, our work together generated research and we took the time to reflect on what we learned – and continue to learn – from this. The following reflections on policy and practice relate to the two broad strands of inquiry above, and also to the underlying strand: ‘What are we learning about the potential of collaborative learning and action to support and challenge public service reform in Scotland?’ 1. Community capacity-building for health and wellbeing 2016 Alison MacPherson, Community Health in Partnership development officer, Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action: “Partnerships were crucial to activities being successful and sustainable. Linking with the right person/organisation was only possible after the groundwork was done in the first few months in establishing networks and contacts. This meant a shared understanding of each others’ roles already existed and allowed appropriate connections to specialist skills, experience or knowledge to be levered in when necessary.” Read more in her think piece – Case study and reflections on learning from being a Community Links Worker in Insch  Alison Grant, Community Health in Partnership coordinator, Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action: “Participants in the Insch Community Links Worker activities reported improvements to physical health conditions such as arthritis, Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure also improved diet and weight loss. However, equally significant are the social benefits recognised by them, [such as] ‘social interaction'”. Read more in her think piece on Issues arising when seeking to develop Community Linking approaches to community capacitybuilding that can support health and social care integration 2017 Kim Penman, Health and Wellbeing Lead, Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership: “What was also apparent, is the complexity at the community level, with a multi-faceted range of community support and capacity in place. One size certainly does not fit all with key community anchors varying across Aberdeenshire.” Read more in her think piece: Developing a strategic approach to community capacity-building within the HSCP and the CPP 2. Multi-layered preventative partnership working 2017 George Howie, Principal Health Improvement Officer, Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership: “…there is still considerable scope for preventive action to be implemented by partners at a local/regional level and within the context of community planning.” Read more in his think piece: Taking forward the Local Outcomes Improvement Plan Priority on Child Poverty Dawn Brown, Development Worker, Garioch Partnership: “As we become more aware that the underlying cause is rarely one-dimensional, and therefore needs a multi-faceted approach to be managed effectively, collaboration is essential for responsive services that are fit for purpose.” Read more in her think piece: Community-led solutions with multi-layered partnership working 2018 James Henderson, Research Associate, What Works Scotland, wrote a blog piece on multi-layered preventative partnership working and the potential this offers for continuing to question the causes of inequalities and why they are so hard to shift. “At an early event – the first Collaborative Learning Day on ‘partnership and participation’ – we began by asking the participants to reflect on: “what does putting ‘Christie’ into action’ mean to you?” One person commented that this was an ambitious question to expect participants to answer … and yet the question generated rich discussions on the day, and has continued to do so as our work has developed.” Read his blog on Mapping the Frontiers of Collaborative Governance Wayne Gault, Lead Officer with Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, wrote a blog piece about the complexities of partnership working to tackle alcohol culture. “Capturing the interest of CPP partners about something that might be peripheral to their core business was always going to be difficult as partners inevitably have an already full agenda of commitments. Making the case on an objective, rational basis or telling a compelling story about why the alcohol topic was relevant to them wasn’t sufficient.” Read his blog on Changing alcohol culture: developing our LOIP priority and what we’ve learnt about partnership working 3. The potential of collaborative learning and action (action research) 2016 James Henderson, Research Associate, What Works Scotland, wrote a blog piece on the key opportunity that collaborative action research creates for staff. “If ‘we’ are to pursue collaborative approaches to integration, rather than largely top-down or market-focused ones, then collaborative action inquiry and research has the potential to provide such longer-term practical and reflective spaces. ” Read his blog Health and social care integration: seeking the ‘space’ and commitment to support complex local partnership-working 2017 Fiona Soutar (NHS Grampian) and Jane Warrander (Aberdeenshire Council) wrote a blog discussing their work on a Beyond Action Learning approach that generates a bottom-up approach to partnership development. “Nearly four years later we were delighted, and somewhat relieved, that observations and experiences of the current relationships and behaviours in the partnership confirmed the BAL philosophies and methodologies had been successfully embedded, the benefits continued to be notice, and sustainability of the model was demonstrated.” See their blog: None of us is as smart as all of us!! The Aberdeenshire What Works Scotland final Aberdeenshire Learning Report is scheduled for publication in late 2018.
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2017 Scottish Social Service Workforce Data Report – SSSC News

2017 Scottish Social Service Workforce Data Report – SSSC News | Social services news | Scoop.it
The SSSC published the 2017 Workforce Data Report today (Wednesday 29 August 2018). The report shows that the size of the social service workforce has increased to 202,090, a rise of 0.7% since 2016, the highest level recorded since these reports began. The social service workforce makes up approximately 7.7% of all Scottish employment. The whole time equivalent (WTE) measure of the workforce is 150,960, an increase of 0.3% since 2016. This year the stability index of the workforce is 77.1%. This means just over three-quarters of the workforce remained in the same post since last year. The largest employer type differs between local authority areas, with services in Orkney, Shetland and Na h-Eileanan Siar (the three island authorities) provided mainly by the public sector. However, in most areas the private sector is the largest employer. Lorraine Gray, SSSC Chief Executive said: ‘This year we have seen growth in the social service workforce by 0.7% to 202,090 with the whole time equivalent (WTE) measure also rising by 0.3% to 150,960 people. ‘The social service workforce is an important and growing sector. It makes up 7.7% of all Scottish employment, which is around 1 in 13 people. The three largest areas are housing support/care at home, care homes for adults and day care of children; together these account for almost 78% of the workforce. This will continue to grow with policy changes like self-directed support and the increased entitlement of childcare hours meaning we will need more care at home/housing support and early years workers over the next few years.’ Key points from this year’s Workforce Data Report. The size of the workforce has increased to 202,090, a rise of 0.7% since 2016. This is the highest level recorded since these reports began. The social service workforce makes up approximately 7.7% of all Scottish employment. The whole time equivalent (WTE) measure of the workforce is 150,960, an increase of 0.3% since 2016. The stability index of the workforce is 77.1%. This means just over three-quarters of the workforce remained in the same post since last year. The largest employer type differs between local authority areas, with services in Orkney, Shetland and Na h-Eileanan Siar (the three island authorities) provided mainly by the public sector. However, in most areas the private sector is the largest employer. The three largest sub-sectors are housing support/care at home, care homes for adults and day care of children; together these account for almost 78% of the workforce. The median* age of the workforce is highest in the public sector (48) and lowest in the private sector (41). Early years workers in the private sector have the lowest median age (28). The percentage of men working in the sector is 15%, although it is around double or greater that proportion in criminal justice and residential children’s services. The workforce is mainly employed on permanent contracts (81%). The median figure for the typical weekly hours worked by staff is 31.5 and 50% of the workforce work full time (more than 30 hours per week). The report combines administrative data from the Care Inspectorate with data collected by the SSSC directly from local authorities to form a comprehensive picture of the paid workforce employed in the social service sector in Scotland at the end of 2017. The SSSC is an official statistics provider.
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Pay your fees quickly and easily by phone – SSSC News

Pay your fees quickly and easily by phone – SSSC News | Social services news | Scoop.it
SSSC registrants can now pay their annual and renewal fees by phone at any time of day, seven days a week. How to pay your fees by phone When you receive your next invoice you will see your personal six digit customer number. You will need this number to make your payment through the new automated system. To make your payment, you can call either 0345 60 30 891 or 0345 60 36 979, select option 1 to make a payment then select option 1 again to select the SSSC. You will then be asked to enter the following information: your six digit customer number the amount you want to pay your 16 digit card number the three digit security number on the back of the payment card. When the payment is successful you will receive a reference number to confirm the payment. If, for any reason, the payment is unsuccessful you will be transferred to an assistant or advised to call back during office hours, 9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday – Friday. Alternatively, you can choose to set up a Direct Debit. Direct Debit is the most convenient way to pay your annual/renewal fees and is covered by the Direct Debit Guarantee. To set this up, you’ll need to complete a Direct Debit form. Please remember to add your SSSC registration number as your reference number. feesSSSC registration
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Freelance Health & Social Care Trainer for Care Homes (Scotland)

Orchard Rock Training Location : Edinburgh SCT GB *Job Summary – (Scotland)* Do you have the skills to provide training in the Health and Social Care Sector?Do you want to work within a motivated team and… More >> jobs by...
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Talking Hope: Languages, Conceptualisations and Challenges Tickets, Tue, 30 Oct 2018 at 10:30

Talking Hope: Languages, Conceptualisations and Challenges Tickets, Tue, 30 Oct 2018 at 10:30 | Social services news | Scoop.it
We would like to invite you to attend the Talking Hope: Languages, Conceptualisations and Challenges event to be held on October 30th from 10:30-3:30 at the Good Shepherd Centre in Bishopton. This is a day designed to bring together key stakeholders, all with an interest in supporting young people...
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Support Worker | Social Services / Housing Jobs in Falkirk (Town) | s1jobs

View full details for Support Worker job in Falkirk (Town) on s1jobs.com...
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We must build retirement homes now as people age | Scotland | The Times

We must build retirement homes now as people age | Scotland | The Times | Social services news | Scoop.it
The Office for National Statistics recently published a timely report reminding us that our ageing population will put Scotland under immense financial and social pressures.The report indicates that within a generation, about a third of Scots will be aged over 65, increasing from one million now...
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Scottish Social Services Expo 2018 | BASW

Scottish Social Services Expo 2018 | BASW | Social services news | Scoop.it
The Scottish Social Services Expo will be an exciting opportunity to learn about current innovation and best practice in Scotland's social services. Taking place at BT Murrayfield Stadium, the Expo will allow attendees to participate in a wide range of workshops throughout the day 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 front-line service delivery. Additionally, spend time with the range of exhibitors showcasing innovative services and approaches from across the sector. This event is aimed at front-line practitioners in all areas of social service delivery and will include attendees from local government, the voluntary and independent sectors. SASW will be holding the following 3 workshops:    10.00-11.00 Workshop 4: The Professionalism of Social Work This workshop will consider the role and working conditions of the social workers in Scotland today. We frequently hear that what matters to people who want or need our services are 'relationships', so want to explore the content and the environment where it is possible for this to be real. How can social work remain true to its values? Presented by: Trisha Hall   11.15-12.15 Workshop 12: Social Work Case Load Management: The Holy Grail or an Achievable Formula? An interactive workshop exploring case and workload management issues, drawn from experiences of social workers. The workshop will consider a series of activities which will differ according to setting and localities and suggest a constructive way forward grounded in best social work practice principles. Presented by: Colin Turbett   12.15-13.15 Workshop 12: The Role of the Social Worker in Adoption - ethics and human rights: An Enquiry Adoption has been a particularly politicised and contentious area of public policy in recent years in the UK. BASW commissioned the UK-wide enquiry led by Brid Featherstone and Anna Gupta. The enquiry took evidence from more than 300 individuals and organisations. These included social workers, birth families, legal professionals, adoptive parents and adults who were adopted as children. This workshop will present on the findings and the BASW response. Presented by: Maggie Mellon
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No Place Like Home Photography Competition 2018 - deadline extended!

No Place Like Home Photography Competition 2018 - deadline extended! | Social services news | Scoop.it
Newsflash: We have extended the deadline for this year's photo competition to 5pm on Tuesday, 4th September so there is still time to get out your camera or phone and take a photo that says "home" to you. If you have any questions or would like any more information about the photo competition, please contact the Housing Support Enabling Unit on 0131 475 2676. HSEU's 'No Place Like Home' Photography Competition 2018 We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 No Place like Home photography competition! This photo competition is all about celebrating the achievements and the experiences of people who receive housing support services in Scotland.  All housing support service users are invited, with the help of their support workers, to put forward photographs representing one of three categories - home, community and wellbeing. We would be very grateful if you could help to promote the competition through your internal networks and with the people that you support. The competition is free to enter and there are cash prizes for the group and individual winners in each category.  An entry form, a poster and further information about the competition can be found on the HSEU website. If you would like a copy of the poster sent to you, please let us know. All entries must be submitted by Friday, 31st August 2018 to be considered. - Now extended to Tuesday, 4th September! If you need inspiration before working on an entry, a gallery of entries from past years is available to view on Flickr. If you have any questions about the competition or would like more information, please contact the unit at heather.mccluskey@ccpscotland.org or 0131 475 2676.
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Social injustice and inequality in the care system Part 2: “We need to be more ‘counter’, committed and personal”

Social injustice and inequality in the care system Part 2: “We need to be more ‘counter’, committed and personal” | Social services news | Scoop.it
There are lots of things psychologists and social workers can do to ensure that families are treated more humanely by the care system...
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Louise Macdonald: ‘We’re still not seeing the reality of young people’s lives’ | Society | The Guardian

Louise Macdonald: ‘We’re still not seeing the reality of young people’s lives’ | Society | The Guardian | Social services news | Scoop.it
The champion of young people and women in Scotland on fighting stigma in the #MeToo era...
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How to help homeless people – without feeding a habit | Society | The Guardian

How to help homeless people – without feeding a habit | Society | The Guardian | Social services news | Scoop.it
A new scheme called Greater Change lets homeless people crowdfund for concrete goals using a QR code and app. Is this the answer to giving in a cashless society?
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My Truth in Child Protection Social Work: Know Who You Are

My Truth in Child Protection Social Work: Know Who You Are | Social services news | Scoop.it
I am thankful for every experience that I shared with the families I worked alongside as a child protection social worker. I am humbled that in their most vulnerable time, families allowed me to be part of their journey.
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Leadership for Integration – applications now open – SSSC News

Leadership for Integration – applications now open – SSSC News | Social services news | Scoop.it
We’ve secured another year of funding from the Scottish Government for our Leadership for Integration programme which is open to all social service staff. Leadership for Integration is a partnership with NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (Scotland) which supports the development of leadership capabilities necessary for achieving the vision of health and social care integration in Scotland. There are two strands to the programme. You as a Collaborative Leader Collaborative Leadership in Practice. You as a Collaborative Leader This four-month programme is aimed at individuals and includes two workshops and three one-to-one coaching sessions. It’s based on live issues from participants to make the learning personal and relevant. You will learn about focused development to enhance understanding of personal leadership capabilities, strengths, and sources of resilience and how to use this awareness to recognise these in others and lead collaboratively. To apply for the You as a Collaborative Leader programme you must submit your application by Friday 7 September 2018. Collaborative Leadership in Practice This six-month programme focuses on group coaching and facilitation to develop positive group dynamics among primary health and social care professionals in localities. You’ll develop collaborative leadership practices for effective integrated care and get the opportunity to work collaboratively on a live issue in the partnership, enhancing leadership capabilities and ways of working as an integrated team. To register for Collaborative Leadership in Practice support in your locality, email julie.higgins@nes.scot.nhs.uk by Friday 7 September 2018. You can find out more here.
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Being Human Conference - Glasgow, 28th August 2018

Being Human Conference - Glasgow, 28th August 2018 | Social services news | Scoop.it
We are getting very excited about our upcoming Being Human Conference titled Human Rights and Social Care: Putting Rights into Practice. This will take place on Tuesday 28th August 2018 at the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, in the heart of the University of Strathclyde’s Campus in...
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Applications sought for Inclusion Scotland's Online Advisory Panel

This group will help design a fair and transparent selection process for a Policy Panel led by people with lived experience of health and social care services. Inclusion Scotland are looking for applications from people with expertise within health and social care networks.
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Lanarkshire care home nurse put elderly residents at 'real risk of harm'

Lanarkshire care home nurse put elderly residents at 'real risk of harm' | Social services news | Scoop.it
A CRUEL care home nurse who put an OAP with advanced dementia in 'solitary confinement' as a punishment for asking for more food has been struck…...
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Walk with us to celebrate recovery!

Walk with us to celebrate recovery! | Social services news | Scoop.it
The Power Threat Meaning Framework aims to offer a new perspective on why people sometimes experience a whole range of forms of distress, confusion, fear and despair.   In this feature SRN Director Frank Reilly introduces a summary of the Framework from Dr Lucy Johnstone, one of the psychologists involved in its development. Read more...
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See Me | Run Your Feels FM Activity

See Me | Run Your Feels FM Activity | Social services news | Scoop.it
Our campaigns have been created to support young people through the worries, feelings and the stresses of everyday life. It's okay not to be okay. But it's also okay to ask for help.
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