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.
I am a new manager and would like to know what training is available to support Health and Social Care staff?
Hi Senga, I am a new manager of a care home ; I am trying to ensure all staff are trained in various areas. I am unsure on how I am going to get all the necessary training within the budgetary restraints. Can you advise of any free training?
Your first post as a home manager can be daunting indeed and the new responsibilities of managing a budget can be baffling. Firstly, ask other peers for help and advice on how they manage the budget and your line manager should help especially if this is your first post.
However, there are lots of training out there to support health and social care staff.
A great starting point is the SSSC website.
They have a learning zone and various ‘open badges’ Open Badges are digital records of achievements and skills that are tied to assessment and evidence. Unlike paper certificates, Open Badges are manageable online. It is a great scheme, these qualifications follow the individual as well so a great place to get you started.
McMillan offer free training on end of life care and you should contact them for advice.
Various providers of wound care will deliver training for free as will providers of nutritional products.
All staff should be aware of the Health and Social Care Standards, there are videos to help explain them and they can be accessed here.
In one of my other Ask Senga's I talked about the Duty of Candour, there is an e learning resource here, which is very useful.
*All information is correct at the time of publishing.
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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.