What to expect
Find out how the resources on The Hub can support you on your improvement journey. Developed and updated with our improvement team, this section of the site will help you start your improvement journey, with key points, tools and tips for improvement activity which can be applied wherever you are and in no matter what care service. In this section you will also find an overview of all our improvement resources on the Hub as well as information on our recent improvement work.
Developed and updated by our policy team, this section of the site will help you maintain awareness of national policy developments affecting social care and social work services, as well as relevant legislation and the Health and Social Care Standards.
Browse resources including Care Inspectorate publications, guidance, and national strategies and frameworks, related to the social care and social work sector in Scotland.
Support services offered within a care home, centre or directly in the community can help people who need support, or simply company and friendship.
Using the drop down menus below, you can filter resources by resource type, relevant topics or date of publication.
CategoryGuidance, Care Inspectorate Publication
Guidance, developed with Scottish Care and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, highlighting good practice to support people with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties (Dysphagia)
AuthorsMedicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
Guidance promoting the safe use of bed rails
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, Guidance
Guidance on the records all registered care services (except childminding) must keep about people who use a service, staff records, environment and safety, complaints, medication, finance, staffing levels and deployment. It also includes guidance on notification reporting for all...
Guidance on managing self-directed support for adults with incapacity
AuthorsNHS Education for Scotland & Scottish Social Services Council
A learning resource for health and social care staff which will help support better conversations and interactions with carers
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, National strategies and frameworks
A strategy providing an insight into what the Care Inspectorate's improvement support offer will be over the next three years and how we will identify where improvements are required
Our quality framework and methodology for inspecting support services based on the new Health and Social Care Standards.
CategoryNational strategies and frameworks
The ASP Improvement Plan was developed by the Scottish
Government between November 2018 and April 2019 following a Thematic Inspection by the Care Inspectorate and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.
A guide for care services undertaking self-evaluation
AuthorsDeaf Association Scotland
A user-friendly toolkit for Deaf people who use BSL and who are living with dementia, their families, carers, and staff who are supporting them.
AuthorsScottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network
An updated Scottish guideline for the management of chronic pain including recommendations for people who require opioids for pain relief.
AuthorsSociety for Companion Animal Studies
A voluntary code intended to offer guidance on good practice for designing and delivering Animal Assisted Interventions effectively and safely, ensuring that the welfare needs of both humans and animals are met
AuthorsShared Lives Plus
An executive summary of the annual report from Shared Lives Plus, focused on its work in Scotland.
A report looking at the impact of the Shared Lives Moray project on older people and those living with dementia.
A document setting out a vision for how adult social care support will look like in the future, as part of a partnership programme to support local reform
A framework for the partnership programme to support local reform of adult social care, setting out priorities, workstreams and vision
AuthorsScottish Social Services Council
A booklet of examples showing how collaboration and compassion at the heart of integrated working can make a real difference for everyone involved
AuthorsWorld Health Organization
Evidence-based recommendations on lifestyle behaviours and interventions to delay or prevent cognitive decline and dementia
A report providing a Change Map intended to capture the required changes for the effective delivery of social care within the context of Self-directed Support
A framework of actions to ensure older people can continue to engage with and contribute to their communities, access the public and other services they need, and ensure financial security as they move into retirement
AuthorsHealthcare Improvement Scotland
Revised general standards for neurological care and support, setting out what care people can expect to experience throughout Scotland, regardless of the type of neurological condition they have, their geographical location, care setting or personal circumstances