Ask Senga Scotland

Senga will try to answer as many of your Scottish Social Care questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.

Senga Currie is Head of Care Development (Scotland) at QCS, she possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a registered mental nurse and registered general nurse for 38 years, working in various areas within the NHS, community nursing, the field of addictions and the private sector. With 21 years of experience working with care homes, starting as a nursing sister and moving into roles of home manager, regional manager, care services manager and regulation manager.

Senga will try to answer as many of your questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.

Please note that Senga cannot offer answers to matters requiring legal advice. If your matter concerns a specific service provider, please contact the Care Inspectorate Scotland.








Latest Questions

Do you need to register with SSSC if you work in a learning disabilities day centre

Hello Senga

If you work in a day centre for adults with learning disabilities do you need to register with SSSC?

Lynne

 

Hello Lynne, Yes, you need to register within 6 months of starting your employment. You will find details here. https://www.sssc.uk.com/registration/how-to-apply-to-register/ Have a read on the website and you will find the application...

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How do I become a member of the SSSC?

Hello Senga

I have been offered relief work and weekend work through both Inspire Scotland and Enable Scotland. How do I become a member of the SSSC?

Fiona

Hello Fiona You must register with SSSC within 6 months of starting your employment. You will find details on the SSSC website. Have a look on and familiarize yourself with their...

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Do I have to register again and obtain the SSSC certificate to practice if changing from a registered nurse to Senior Care Assistant?

Hi Senga

I am a registered nurse with a current valid PIN. I am thinking of changing roles to Senior care assistant do I have to register and obtain SSSC certificate to practice

Thank you Ill await your reply

Selina

 

Hello Selina As you are already registered with a recognised regulatory body, you are not required to register with SSSC. Please see information on this here, I hope this helps Regards Senga

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Where can I find the late Covid19 guidance released by the Care Inspectorate?

Hello Senga

Someone told me the Care Inspectorate had issued new guidance on reporting during the Coronavirus, I cannot find it, can you help as I want to ensure I report notifications correctly

Joan

 

Hello Joan Yes, they have issued revised guidance: COVID-19 outbreak notifications which includes. Suspected cases of COVID-19 End of suspected outbreak of COVID-19 Confirmed cases of COVID-19 notification End of confirmed...

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Does QCS provide how to do a care plan and risk assessments?

Dear Senga

Do you guys provide how to do a care plan and do you have already done risk assessments please

Thanks

Hashim

 

Hello Hashim We have developed a whole suite of care plans and risk assessments alongside examples to support staff to develop unique ones for everyone. Why not ask for a free...

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I have been told by my company I need to register with SSSC?

Dear Senga

I have been told by my company I need to register with SSSC.

Ellen

 

Hello Ellen If you are working in a role deemed by the SSSC to be registerable, you must do this by applying for registration and paying a fee. You will be...

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What should I do if my work said I need to do a 5-year renewal after I paid my SSSC fee?

Dear Senga

I paid my SSSC fee in March and my place of work has said that I need to do a 5-year renewal how do I go about this?

Thanks

Caroline

Hello Caroline You pay a fee with your application and a fee each year for the period of your registration. This is usually five years except for social workers (three years)...

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I’ve been told I must register with SSSC despite I still hold my GDC registration from my last job?

Dear Senga

I am currently working in a care home and have been told that I need to register with SSSC however I have previously worked as a dental nurse and still hold my GDC registration.

When trying to register online it said that I cannot continue with my registration as I am still GSC registered.

My work is saying that I must register.

Leanne

Hello Leanne If you are already registered with one of the regulatory bodies, you do not need to register with them unless you are a social worker or social work student....

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Any advice to University Graduate without experience applying for jobs in care sector?

Hello, I am looking to work in the care sector, made some applications to some care homes but was told I have no experience. I am a University Graduate. Any help, please?

I am sure the skills you have are transferrable to the sector. May I suggest you look on the SSSC website which give an abundance of information on careers within...

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How many staff is required for a non-medical care home?

How many staff is required for a non-medical care home? 18 residents And how is this worked out? Thank you.

There is no definitive number of staff for a set number of residents, in the past there was a sliding scale ratio, however, it was reviewed an decided that the...

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