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Safe Staffing Project

Following the introduction of the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act in 2019, we have been funded by Scottish Government to lead on a national quality improvement project with care homes for older people. This includes the responsibility to develop a workforce tool (if this is required) and guidance and resources which support safe and effective staffing in care homes.

The Act brings into legislation requirements and guiding principles for those who commission and deliver health and care, which explicitly states that staffing is to provide safe and high-quality services and to ensure the best health care or care outcomes for people experiencing care.   While this is the main purpose, health and care services should promote an efficient, effective and multidisciplinary approach which is open with and supportive of staff.  

The Act also places a statutory duty on care service providers to ensure that, at all times, suitably qualified and competent individuals are working in such numbers as are appropriate for the health, wellbeing and safety of people using the service, and the provision of high-quality care.  Providers are also required to ensure staff are appropriately trained for the work they perform.  

Working with people who experience care, relatives, representation groups and other key stakeholders, our vision of the project is to:

‘ensure that in care homes in Scotland there are the right people, in the right place, with the right skills at the right time working to ensure people experience the best health and care outcomes.’

Our objectives are to :

  • use an improvement focus to provide project management to ensure successful outcomes
  • lead on the development of a staffing tool and guidance for use in care homes for older people in Scotland(if there is an evidence base for this).
  • undertake analysis of national information to assess and monitor progress on implementation and identify support requirements.
  • develop and implement training and development for the sector and lead in the preparation of national educational resources.
  • provide expert advice to SG, HSCPs, care home providers and commissioners.


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Health and care staffing webinar

This is a webinar which took place during March with staff from the care home sector.  The purpose of the webinar was to raise awareness of the Health and Care (Staffing) Scotland Act 2019, give an overview of the safe staffing project and to provide an opportunity to hear the views and experiences of people working in the sector to help inform the work of the project.

The webinar lasts just over one hour.

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