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.
When will the new framework for Care at Home be released?
I work in Care at Home and we are eagerly awaiting the new framework which has already been released for care homes. Do you have any idea when this will be released as we are keen to get on board and become familiar?
I recently had an inspection and was advised to improve pureed diets, can you advise on this?
I recently had an inspection and was advised to improve pureed diets but my chef although good has no experience of pureed diets prior to coming to the care home to work as he previously worked in a hotel.
What communication methods would you suggest when informing service users of the new Health and Social Care Standards?
It was recommended at a recent inspection that I support service users and their families to be aware of the new Health and Social Care Standards. I have put up a poster, but can you advise of others communication methods I can use to inform all?
I currently work in a Care Home but I am considering moving to Care at Home, is it different from a Care Home?
I currently work in a care home, but I am considering moving to Care at Home as the idea of looking after people in their own homes really appeals to me. Is it different from a care home? Any advice would be grateful
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?