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.
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?
The annual return is indeed time consuming as it asks for lots of information and this can take time to collate, however it is required by law under the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010, section 53(6), all providers registered with the Care Inspectorate must provide the annual return.
It can give an indication of the current requirements of the population, e.g. the age and number of people who may require physiotherapy services due to mobility problems. The information may also be shared with some other organisations such as Scottish Government and SSSC.
There is usually approximately a 6-week time frame to complete your annual return online, therefore you can plan some time to complete this and it doesn’t have to be completed all at once. Remember you can authorise more members of staff to help therefore you do not have to enter all the data.
I hope this helps you understand why collating the information is important
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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.