OCTOBER 2017 NEWS
30th October - SSSC Workforce Skills Reports 2016/2017
The SSSC has compiled a new report entitled "The Workforce Skills Report 2016/2017", relating to the skills and knowledge that carers in Scotland currently have, working within the Health and Social Care sector, and this has recently been published (26 October 2017).
The report concludes that whilst carers are highly skilled and knowledgeable within our region, there will be new challenges for our carers to address in the future, in order to maintain their skills and knowledge to be able to cope with the demands of an ageing population.
This report highlights the work that the SSSC, employers and others within the Health and Social care sector do to recruit, develop and retain a highly skilled and valued workforce. However, the report also helps the workforce planners, employers and policy-makers to identify the key workforce challenges in organisations and use the evidence to support to their work.
If you would like to see a copy of the report, please visit the SSSC website - www.ssscnews.uk.com
24th October - SSSC Register for Care at Home and Supported Housing carers
The SSSC has opened up the Register for organisations and carers providing a Care at Home Service and Housing Support carers on 2 October 2017.
This is the largest group of workers that will be registering with the SSSC and will join 100,000 people already on the register in Scotland.
The new registration process for carers working within these 2 fields will ensure that the right people with the right skills and values to support the most vulnerable in society, will meet the required standards and criteria to enable them to work in our local communities.
This is another exciting time for the our industry and we welcome this approach by the SSSC, and all those registering now and in the future for their new roles.
For further information regarding this Register, please see the SSSC website - www.ssscnews.uk.com
10th OCTOBER - NEW LEGISLATION - DUTY OF CANDOUR BILL FROM THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT
A new Duty of Candour Bill will come into effect from next year.
All Health and Social Care workers in Scotland aim to give the best possible care every day, but sometimes things can go wrong. The Duty of Candour Bill is about how we deal with these incidents. A Duty of Candour sets out what needs to happen when unexpected or unintended harm has happened to individuals.
On April 1 2018, this new Bill will come into effect and all care, social work and health services will have to follow a duty of candour procedure. The emphasis is on learning and change improvement, so that, where possible, we avoid the incident happening to someone else.
The Act introduces a statutory organisational Duty of Candour on health, care and social work services. It also means that each organisation will need to review the incident and look at the support available to those affected.
The Scottish Government , SSSC, Care Inspectorate, NHS Education for Scotland and Healthcare Improvement Scotland, in partnership with representatives from Health and Social services are developing a range of materials to help organisations to prepare for the new duty.
For further information on this new piece of legislation, please see the SSSC website www.ssscnews.uk.com