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.
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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.
I have started a new role in management, is there any free learning available to help me?
I have just started a new role in management, it is the first time I have held such a position. I am keen to develop my skills and wondered if you knew of any free learning, I could access easily to help me?
Can you advise me on how to implement a service improvement plan for my care home?
Hi Senga, can you advise me on how to implement a service improvement plan for my care home?
The Care Inspectorate said we should have one to demonstrate we have a plan to review and improve our service.
Can you advise me on a continence issue?
Can you advise me on a continence issue? We do toileting rounds and change residents continence aids, however during a recent inspection we were told this was not correct and should be taking residents to the toilet and not solely rely on the aids.
I am looking for a lawyer expert in social care, can you advise me on what I should do?
Thank you for inviting questions. I am looking for a lawyer expert in social care law. I can’t even find a professional social care association.
This would include the law on the powers and responsibilities of care and local authorities.
Can you point me towards some lawyers that would be able to give support?
Can you advise if I can attend courses during my working hours?
Hi Senga, can you advise if I can attend courses during my working hours? I wanted to go to a workshop but have been told by my employer I will have to go on my day off, if this correct?
Should my organisation be paying my fees to retain registration with the SSSC?
I am wondering if the organisation I work with should be paying my fees to retain registration with the Scottish Social Services Council, which is payable annually. My friend works for an organisation who do this, should they be paying it?
How much notice needs to be given when taking holidays during the school break?
Can you advise me please I wanted to take my holidays during the school break, and I have been told I can’t as someone else has the time off? I thought as long as I gave enough notice, my holidays are mine to take. How long in law must I give to request holidays?
What dependency tool is suitable to use for Adults with Learning Disabilities?
Hi Senga, I am struggling to find a dependency tool suitable for adults with learning disabilities. We provide support within the supported living model and residential model.
What qualifications do I need to be a support worker in Scotland?
Hello Senga, can you advise me on the qualification the SSSC are asking for now? I am a support worker and I have an SVQ 3 and a friend told me this qualification no longer counts, is that correct?
I am looking to develop myself further in my career, is there anything you can recommend I do to progress?
I am looking to develop myself further in my career and have no management knowledge or experience. Is there anything you can recommend I do to progress? I can’t go to night school as I have small children and can’t afford to spend a lot of money. I attend all the training my workplace offer but I want to develop further.