Recruiting staff for coronavirus (COVID-19)
Together with NHS Education for Scotland (NES) we’ve launched a new recruitment website where you can register your interest in working in social care again. Get more information and start your application here.
New staff wellbeing resource
We’ve produced a new resource to support staff health and wellbeing during the challenging time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Find out more about the resource Workforce support and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Changes to the law
The UK and Scottish coronavirus legislation include some important changes for social service regulation so we can support the workforce to keep on delivering high quality services during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes:
- a temporary social worker Register
- an extension to 12 months for social care workers to register.
Supermarkets asked to grant social service workers priority access
SSSC Chief Executive, Lorraine Gray, has written to seven of the country's leading supermarkets asking them to recognise the vital role social care and social work staff are playing in the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by granting them access to priority shopping hours. Read her letter here.
Fitness to practise changes during COVID-19
To help focus resources on supporting the social service sector during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we’re making changes to fitness to practise. This includes focusing on high risk cases and postponing fitness to practise impairment hearings. Get more information on our fitness to practise changes here.
Core training for redeployed workers, temporary workers and volunteers
We’ve produced guidance, in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland, which provides useful resources and links to support employers with training for redeployed workers, temporary workers and volunteers. Download a copy of the guidance here.
Paying fees and renewing registration
We won’t remove people from the Register if they are unable to pay their annual fee or submit their application for renewal on time. If you're struggling to pay your fee because of the current situation please let us know by emailing email@example.com
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
We're getting a lot of calls from workers and employers so have compiled a list of FAQs to help answer the most common ones. These cover lots of things including:
- employing new workers
- redeployment of staff
- post registration training and learning (PRTL)
- fees and renewals
- fitness to practise.
If our FAQs don't answer your query please contact us and we'll do our best to help.
Our enquiries line
We know the current situation and the regulatory changes are prompting lots of questions which we're doing our very best to answer promptly. Our phone enquiries line 0345 60 30 891 will open from 10am, Monday to Friday to make sure we can deal with these effectively. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
Social work student placements and bursaries
We’ve agreed contingency plans with the Heads of Social Work Programmes in Scotland to help mitigate the impact on social work students. Read the full details on Social work student placements and bursaries.
Message of support for social service workers
Our Chief Executive Lorraine Gray has a message of support for social service workers dealing with the current pandemic.
How we will continue to regulate
We’ve made a joint statement with other UK health and social care regulators to reassure registered workers. It recognises that workers may need to depart from established procedures to deliver care. Read the full statement How we will continue to regulate in light of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
National guidance and information
National guidance and advice for the sector is available so we've pulled some of the key links together to help you. This guidance is being constantly updated so please check it regularly.
If you have any queries relating to your SSSC registration please contact email@example.com