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30 Sep 2020

Milestone reached for social service workforce

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 workforce SSSC corporate

30 Sep 2020

Twenty-year journey for the social service workforce

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.

Social service workforce SSSC corporate

28 Sep 2020

Social care staff support fund

Did you know social service employers can claim additional costs you’ve incurred if your staff have not been able to work due to COVID-19?

Funding Social service workforce

28 Sep 2020

Thank you for your Inspiring Care Stories

Over the past three months we’ve shared Inspiring Care Stories during COVID-19 and lockdown from social service workers right across Scotland and today we publish the final phase.

Social service workforce

02 Sep 2020

Final countdown to mandatory registration for care at home and housing support workers

At the end of this month (September 2020) support workers in care at home and housing support who were in their role on or before 2 October 2017 must be registered with us.

SSSC registration

02 Sep 2020

Learning and development website for support workers survey

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) would like to hear your views about moving educational content from Support Worker Central and the HCSW Toolkit to the Turas Learn website.

Consultations and surveys

01 Sep 2020

Changes to post registration training and learning

Post registration training and learning (PRTL) is changing to continuous professional learning (CPL) this autumn. Here is what you need to know.

Your learning

27 Aug 2020

More people than ever work in Scotland’s social services

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.

Workforce data

26 Aug 2020

Resources for carer support staff during COVID-19

We’ve published two new guides for carer support staff; It’s all about you and Death, dying and bereavement.

Your learning Social service workforce Carers

24 Aug 2020

Sharing more Inspiring Care Stories

An emotional film of a care home resident singing with his daughter on a video call during lockdown is just one of the new Inspiring Care Stories we published today.

Social service workforce

13 Aug 2020

2019 Mental Health Officers’ Report published

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.

Workforce data

07 Aug 2020

Extension of influenza (flu) vaccination programme to include social care staff

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. 

Social service workforce