COVID-19 Scrutiny Assessment Tool (SAT)

From the Care Inspectorate’s Provider Update

The COVID-19 Scrutiny Assessment Tool (SAT) is a trigger tool developed by the Care Inspectorate to identify indicators of potential concerns in care homes.

From 14 August this will replace the current Risk Assessment Rating (RAD) for all Care Homes (Adults, Older People, Children and Young People). Inspectors will begin this process from 30 July.

A list of questions that the inspectors will answer when completing the SAT in the RMS system can be found here. This is for service provider’s information only.

The SAT is not a risk assessment in the same way that the RAD was but will support us to identify what level of support and scrutiny is appropriate for a service taking account their current circumstances.

In developing the COVID-19 SAT we considered specific information relevant to the current COVID-19 pandemic. It is based on what our intelligence has so far identified as being key indicators or concerns within services to allow us to consider where additional support and/or scrutiny may be required. 

The COVID-19 SAT is based on a Scrutiny Assessment Tool we have developed and tested that included information from our enforcement review.  The release of the new tool was delayed due to the pandemic, we are planning to release the full SAT for all service types later in the year. 

ELTRP News July 2020

East Lothian Tenants and Residents Panel News is full of information about the different ways we support our members during the lockdown. You can find out about the hard work and activities undertaken by the groups, Executive Committee and our priorities going forward. 

ELTRP Panel News

Should you go to A&E?

People are being asked to continue following the public health guidance issued during the first phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by using their local pharmacy, GP practice, local minor injuries unit or NHS 24 to get advice and help when they need medical care.

A new public information campaign titled Should you go to A&E? launched on 15 July to ensure people continue to get the right care from the right place. The campaign will run from 15 July – 6 August 2020.

It’s key messages are:

  • Before seeking medical attention, please consider whether you’re getting the right care from the right place. Many health issues can be handled faster online at or by phoning your GP (or NHS24 on 111 out of hours). Your local pharmacy and minor injury unit can also help
  • Do not visit A&E for coronavirus symptoms, call 111 instead
  • If you do go to A&E, the minor injury unit or your GP practice it might look different as we work to protect everyone from coronavirus
  • A&E remains for emergency care only
  • If you’re not sure where to go, visit

From the Care Inspectorate Update 28 July 2020

Social care staff support fund

Social care staff working in care homes, care at home, and housing support, including personal assistants should be paid their expected income when ill of self-isolating as a result of COVID-19.

Employers should pay eligible staff their expected income. Employers can claim any additional costs they incur through the Fund from the relevant commissioning Local authority or Integration Authority. Information about the Fund, including the groups of social care workers who are eligible and the Fund criteria is available here.

The Fund is aimed at social care workers who may be expected to self-isolate on more than one occasion due to the nature their work, or the work environment – for example, carrying out personal care. The purpose of the fund is to support infection prevention control and prevent financial hardship.

The Fund became operational on 24 June, backdated to 23 March. 

Dementia-friendly walks win accreditation for project

From East Lothian Courier, 22 July 2020

AN EAST Lothian project which promotes the physical and mental health of the over-50s has celebrated receiving official ‘accreditation’ for its dementia-friendly walks.

Ageing Well, run by East Lothian Council in partnership with NHS Lothian, has been organising walks in Dunbar for dementia sufferers during the past year in a bid to reach the benchmark set by Scotland’s walking charity Paths for All.

Read the full article here.

Find out more about Dogs Trust fostering service for pets of those fleeing domestic abuse

The Dogs Trust Freedom Project is a free dog fostering service for people fleeing domestic abuse. The service operates in Greater London and the Home Counties (Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire), Yorkshire, the North East and North West of England and Scotland. 

The Freedom Project is hosting an online training session on Thursday 13th August at 11am. This free, hour long session will take place on Zoom and explore the dynamics of pets in domestic abuse relationships. There will also be an overview of the project and time for questions and answers at the end.

If you would like to take part then please email Ashley Szafranek and she will send you the Zoom code over the week of the event! She is looking forward to seeing you there!

Contact info

Ashley Szafranek
Freedom Project Coordinator Scotland
Email Ashley Szafranek
Direct line & Freephone: 0808 169 4315
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