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.
Why do I have to submit an annual return?
Hi Senga, I am unclear as to why I must submit an annual return
I find it time consuming and wonder why we are asked for this information. Do you know why?
What incidents should I be reporting to the Care Inspectorate?
Can you clarify what incidents I should be reporting to the Care Inspectorate, I’m not sure what constitutes a notification.
How can the quality framework be used by care homes?
Dear Senga, I work in a care home and we have not yet been inspected with the new framework.
Can you advise how the quality framework can be used by care homes, I am keen to be prepared and get a good outcome when the Care Inspectorate come in to inspect the home.
What do I need to do when registering with the Scottish Service Social Council?
I am currently in the process of registering to provide a care at home service. I am a little confused about registration with the Scottish Service Social Council. I have an SVQ2 is that OK for me to register as the manager? I would be grateful for any advice.
What is the inspection process for Care Homes in Scotland?
Hello Senga, I have worked in care at home and only I have recently started working in a care home. I understand that the services are inspected differently and I would like to understand the inspection process? I am embarrassed to ask anyone at work, can you explain?
I am a new manager and have to deliver training on the Health and Social Care Standards, can you advise on how this should be done?
Hello Senga, I know the National Care Standards have changed and these have been replaced with Health and Social Care Standards. I am a recently appointed Deputy Nursing Manager and part of my role is to participate in delivering training. I have never done this before, and I am extremely nervous. I must deliver a workshop on the Health and Social Care Standards to new employees at their induction. Whilst I know of them, I don’t know how to start delivering a workshop.
Can you help me please, it is putting me off my new job as I am so nervous?
How can incentivise my staff?
Hello Senga, I would like to ask your opinion; we have an incentive scheme at our work ranging from monthly gift cards to twice yearly mini breaks for staff members and their kids to Flamingo Land. It seems to be very much appreciated by our staff as they can take their kids and they are all happy and safe. Do you have any other incentive schemes you would recommend for staff?
How do I register my service with the Care Inspectorate?
Hi Senga, how do I register my service with the Care Inspectorate? What do I need to do?
What can I use to help assess how many staff are required?
Hi Senga, can you help me, what can I use to help assess how many staff are required?
My service user now requires pureed food as she is having difficulty swallowing, she is not eating, can you advise on how I can help her. I work in a care home?
Hi Senga, one of my service users now requires pureed food as she is having difficulty swallowing. It is not very attractive and she is not eating, I am worried. Can you advise me on how I can help her?