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27 Mar 2020

Social service workforce Your learning

Guidance for employers on core training for redeployed workers, temporary workers and volunteers

With the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across the country, it will be necessary for health and social care staff to be deployed to work in frontline care services they may be unfamiliar with. Temporary workers and volunteers are also being recruited to support services.

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.

The guidance is a national resource which will support the frontline workforce in health and social care. It will support safe practice when addressing the needs of vulnerable people receiving care services.

The guidance is in three parts.

  1. Practical guidance for employers including:
  • a practical approach and guidance for care settings
  • key aspects for employers, for example SSSC registration, Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) checks, risk assessments
  • managing recruitment
  • information on induction and training.
  1. Guidance on the core learning for workers to make sure they have the skills, knowledge and values that everyone working in health and social care should have to support people safely which includes:
  • preparing for practice, a national induction framework
  • links to online resources to support employers and workers in specific areas of practice.
  1. The SSSC Learning Zone and access to service specific training and learning.

Download the guidance here.

Contact information

Sandra Wilson
Communications Officer
Scottish Social Services Council