SSSC Chief Executive, Lorraine Gray said:
‘It has been another extraordinary year in exceptional times during which people working at the heart of social services across Scotland continued to deliver. Alongside the challenges there were also opportunities for us to adapt, change and redesign our services and to support this vital sector, shining a light on the essential role they have in the wellbeing and safety of our communities.
‘We continued to work closely with Scottish Government and other key partners on critical issues including the challenges for recruitment and the wellbeing of the workforce. And we focused on designing new services and streamlining our processes starting with a major change programme last December that has involved over 6,500 people so far and whose ideas and views are shaping regulation for the future.
‘This report showcases our achievements over the year, a year that has brought out the best in our staff and the social work, social care and children and young people workforce. As we approach the new year, we are continuing to work towards being a public service that makes a lasting and positive contribution to improving the quality of care in Scotland. And to providing exceptional value.’
Highlights from our 2021-2022 Annual Report.
- We continue to focus on the learning and development of the social work, social care and children and young people workforce. We awarded 6,275 SSSC Open and Health and Social Care Standards badges and there were 17,042 active users of the MyLearning app.
- We received 3,428 fitness to practise concerns and closed or resolved 3,815 concerns. Of the 201 hearings we held, 197 were online and four were a hybrid of online and in-person meetings.
- We worked with colleagues in public health and within the social service sector to make sure that the development of national infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance was person-centred, relevant and meaningful for staff working in social care settings.
- Our Inspiring Care Stories campaign was recognised as a finalist in the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Pride Awards 2021, in the categories for ‘Best Covid Response’ and ‘Best Public Sector Campaign’. This achievement highlighted the work of the SSSC in promoting the value of the sector to a wider audience.
Download the full Annual Report and Accounts 2021-2022 on our website.