Care Inspectorate fortnightly report to the Scottish Parliament

From the Care Inspectorate Provider Update

Under the duties placed on us by the new Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act, we report to the Scottish Parliament fortnightly on our inspections activity. 

In order to robustly assess the arrangements put in place by care services to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our inspections place a particular focus on infection prevention and control, personal protective equipment and staffing in care settings. This enables us to focus on these areas while also considering the overall quality of care and people’s wellbeing.  The reports we lay before Parliament are in addition to our normal process of publishing full inspection reports, which we will publish in due course. 

The report laid before the Scottish Parliament on 5 August is here.

Help children and young people in East Lothian to have their say

Here’s a plea to all East Lothian-based parents with children aged up to 18. Please think about asking your young people to take part in the Children’s Strategic Partnership survey. The survey closes tomorrow, so if your children and young people feel inclined, they have 24 hours.

The Children’s Strategic Partnership (CSP) brings together key organisations involved in supporting children, young people and families in the county, provide leadership and direction for services and ensuring a multi-agency approach. It is currently developing its Children and Young People’s Service Plan for 2020-2023 and, having considered information and views from a wide range of audiences, has identified three key priorities for its work. These are:

  • Improving children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing
  • Supporting parenting and strengthening family resilience
  • Reducing inequalities for our children and young people.

The group is now seeking views from communities on these priorities to enable it to progress the development of its service plan. 

The three priorities build on work already underway, linking it more closely and providing a sharper focus on key areas. Importantly, all of the priorities are interconnected and interdependent to ensure that resources and services make a real difference for families in East Lothian. They were developed following feedback from children, young people and families.

Remember: the survey is available to view online until 7 August. All feedback will then be considered and reflected in the draft Children’s Services and Young People’s Plan, which will be subject to further consultation. 

From The Care Inspectorate’s Provider Update

Alzheimer Scotland’s new resources for care homes

Alzheimer Scotland has been working to respond to the main concerns expressed by callers to their 24-hour Freephone Dementia Helpline (0808 808 3000) and now have a suite of resources on their website’s Coronavirus Information Hub including podcasts and videos. A specific section provides information and resources for all those supporting people living with dementia in Scotland’s care homes.

MySSSC changes

From September this year you will no longer be able to record your learning in MySSSC. A new system is expected to be available in August/September and will allow learning to be recorded. 

The SSSC are encouraging users to move learning out of MySSSC before it is deleted in October 2020. They will be emailing users nearer the time with further information. 

Skin creams fire risk 

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a press release to highlight the launch of a new campaign to raise awareness of the fire risk and the precautions that need to be taken when using skin creams. 

Alzheimers Scotland Mid and East Lothian Services newsletter

From Michael Huddleston, Dementia Adviser, Alzheimer Scotland Edinburgh & Lothians  

An update on our support

I hope this update finds you and your loved ones safe and well. It is over four months since the coronavirus pandemic impacted on Alzheimer Scotland. We are now beginning to see glimpses of ‘normality’ and are optimistic that this will mean we can recommence some of our local support and activity. At the absolute forefront of our plans is safety. Things will start slowly and on a small scale, however with the support and agreement of all the relevant Local Authorities, National Government and Public Health guidance we will build on this soon. I would like to thank you all for your ongoing understanding of this and we will keep you up to date on local developments.

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Michael Huddleston
Dementia Adviser
Edinburgh & Lothians  
0131 654 1114  
07831 859490 

COSLA Elected Members’ Briefing 4 August 2020

From Stefanie McCourt, COSLA

This week’s headlines are:

Health and Social Care funding

As announced on Monday 3 August, a further allocation of up to £50m funding has been secured to enable Health and Social Care Partnerships to continue to support the social care sector in their pivotal role responding to COVID 19. 

COSLA will continue to work closely with Scottish Government to ensure that resources are released to enable Partnerships to meet all reasonable costs identified within Local Mobilisation Plans to address the challenges currently being faced by the sector.

From 29 July, Public Health Scotland will publish an enhanced daily dashboard of COVID-19 data. The new dashboard will present existing data in a more accessible way and will provide information at a Scotland/national level and at NHS Board and Local Authority levels.

An interactive map is also available which shows the public the level of cases over time at a Local Authority level, with a greater level of detail shown to public health teams.

Full briefing

See full COSLA Elected Members Briefing here.