Workforce Development Support Key Objectives 2016/17

The Workforce Development Network has been successful in securing Scottish Government grant funding to support social services employers to:

  • build their capacity for workforce development and workforce engagement;
  • contribute to the development of workforce policy and practice;
  • contribute their expertise and experience to relevant advisory and working groups;

all with the ultimate aim of improving outcomes for people who use services.

The funding has been provided to support the delivery of four main objectives:

  1. To support social services employers to engage positively with developments in regulation and registration requirements in areas such as Fitness to Practice, the revised SSSC Codes of Practice and the revised National Care Standards.
  2. To support workforce development by helping to embed improvement and innovative changes associated with, for example, the implementation of SDS, Health and Social Care Integration, Workforce Planning and evidence-based practice.
  3. To support the development of leadership capacity across the workforce by contributing to the development and implementation of the Leadership Strategy for social services and influencing the development, promotion, dissemination and use of leadership resources.
  4. To improve workforce recruitment and retention including the identification of key issues associated with current and projected recruitment and retention in social services and contributing to improved guidance on safe recruitment.

All this work requires the engagement, at different points and times, with a wide range of stakeholders including, for example, SSSC, Care Inspectorate, Scottish Care, NHS Education Scotland, IRISS and Social Work Scotland and the Office of the Chief Social Work Advisor.

For CCPS, the most important stakeholders of all are the social services employers. It is hoped that CCPS members and members of the Workforce Development Network will continue to engage with the agendas outlined above in the way that they have, so positively, over the past few years.

The appointment of a Policy and Development Officer for Workforce represents an important development in the way in which CCPS will be able to support employers to engage, by providing a full-time focal point within CCPS for all Workforce related issues and increased capacity to co-ordinate activities and communications.

For further information contact: Alison Christie, Policy and Development Officer (Workforce)


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career spanning more than twenty
years, David has worked in senior management in Health (NHS Grampian) and
Social Care (Aberdeen City Council Social Work Department) as well as for
local and national social care providers in the voluntary sector.




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