When the Regulation of Care Act set a vision for a regulated, qualified and professional social service workforce one of the first members of staff at the new Scottish Social Services Council was Lorraine Gray. Nearly 20 years later, and now Chief Executive, she reflects on the remarkable journey.
Social service workers and the key role they have played in supporting some of Scotland’s most vulnerable citizens during COVID-19 have quite rightly been recognised as a vital part of the health and social care system.
A new report, published by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) today, shows that more people than ever before work in Scotland’s social services. There are some 206,400 people in the workforce, which makes up approximately 7.8% of all Scottish employment or one in 13 jobs.
A new report, published by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) today, reveals that 94 staff left the mental health officer (MHO) workforce between December 2018 and 2019. The report also shows that although the number of local authorities reporting an MHO shortfall increased to 27, the number of full time MHOs needed to address the shortfall decreased to 49.
The Scottish Social Services Council, the Care Inspectorate, Scottish Care and the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland have issued a joint statement in support of the Scottish Government's decision to extend health board free flu vaccine programmes to include certain social care staff.