Workforce Development Objectives 2018/19

The Workforce Development Network, through the grant from OCSWA/ SSSC supports voluntary sector social services providers to contribute to the national workforce agenda with the ultimate aim of improving outcomes for people who use services 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;

CCPS Workforce Development Priorities

The CCPS Workforce Development Network (WDN) identified three priorities for the year 2018/19. The CCPS objectives inform our work; the priority areas for action cover the range of workforce related key themes and issues identified by CCPS in collaboration with providers in the voluntary sector.

  • Voluntary sector social service workforce is considered and treated as a key and equal partner in major policy and practice developments;
  • Voluntary sector evidence, expertise and providers’ perspectives influence the development of social services workforce policy;
  • Government and other stakeholders recognise the value of the sector’s workforce and ensure this is appropriately rewarded with particular reference to recruitment and retention issues.

The priorities identified compliment related work being taken forward independently by CCPS in accordance with our workforce related strategic outcome: ‘The voluntary sector provider workforce is well qualified, competent and confident, with good pay and conditions’.

The focus areas are:

  • Recruitment and retention
  • Registration, regulation and qualifications;
  • Legislation, policy and practice developments
  • Leadership

Social service employers are CCPS’ most important stakeholders and the work plan will contribute to the continuing support and engagement of members of the WDN and wider sector providers.  The Scottish Government objectives align with the priorities identified by CCPS and the WDN and the work plan is developed to maximise providers’ voice, views, engagement and representation.

The objectives are:

  • Support providers to improve workforce recruitment and retention including workforce planning, supporting the recommendations of the NHSCWP Part 2 and supporting provider initiatives such as the recruitment and retention working groups.
  • Support voluntary sector providers to comply with registration and regulation requirements and to engage with developments in regulation, registration and qualification requirements
  • Support providers to embed improvement and innovative changes associated with legislation, policy and practice development including Duty of Candour, Health and Social Care Standards, SDS, Digital Skills and Technology.
  • Support the development of leadership capacity across the workforce through the implementation of Enhancing leadership capability: The strategy for enhancing the leadership capability of Scotland’s social services: Delivery plan 2017-2020 and influencing the development, promotion, dissemination and use of leadership resources.

The objectives will be met through engagement with a wide range of stakeholders including SSSC, Care Inspectorate, Scottish Care, IRISS, NHS Education Scotland, Social Work Scotland and the Office of the Chief Social Work Advisor.

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) Alison.Christie@ccpscotland.org

 

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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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