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.
Short breaks and respite care should provide a positive experience for you and a break for carers from the main caring tasks. It improves your quality of life by providing an opportunity to have a break from your usual routine.
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AuthorsSocial Work Scotland
The Social Work Scotland Annual Conference will take place at the Crieff Hydro Hotel on 12-13 June 2019
AuthorsScottish Social Services Council
CategoryNational strategies and frameworks
An updated implementation framework for the learning disability strategy, covering the period 2019-2021. It builds on progress since the previous framework was published in 2015 and reflects the broader priorities of the Scottish Government, local authorities, NHS Boards and inte...
A guide on How to use The Hub.
AuthorsHealth Protection Scotland
A document containing links to current national policy and guidance on Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI), antimicrobial prescribing and resistance, decontamination and other related topics
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, Guidance
Good practice examples to give care services ideas on how to bring generations together in a variety of care settings in a way that improves the quality of their lives
AuthorsRoyal Pharmaceutical Society and Royal College of Nursing
Guidance to ensure the safe administration of medicines by healthcare professionals. Although aimed at registered healthcare professionals, the principles can be applied in any healthcare setting by any persons administering medicines
Guidance for social service workers, social work students and employers on raising concerns in the workplace, explaining the difference between raising a concern and whistleblowing, as well as when a concern qualifies for legal protection under whistleblowing law. The section fo...
Guidance setting out the Care Inspectorate's expectations for services to plan for and assess the needs of children and young people before a placement begins, to consider how the needs of individual children and young people will be met
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, National strategies and frameworks
A report setting out the findings of a five year programme of joint inspections of services for children and young people covering each local authority in Scotland
A pathway intended as a reference guide for health boards and all services who in partnership across health, education, social care and third sector deliver the provision of communication equipment and support in using that equipment
AuthorsHealth Protection Scotland
Guidance outlining the procedure required to prevent infection when laundering clean, used, infectious and heat-labile linen in hospital and social care settings
AuthorsGetting to Know Getting It Right For Every Child Team and National Third Sector Getting It Right For Every Child Project
Resource designed to encourage young people to think about their own wellbeing, to share any concerns they have and to explore ways to improve their wellbeing with appropriate support
AuthorsNational Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Guidance covering services for children, young people and adults with a learning disability (or autism and a learning disability) and behaviour that challenges
Guidance giving an overview and examples of what care related policies should contain and best practice protocols which should be in place. It can be applied in any care setting and will help the service provider to develop appropriate policies and procedures
Guidance providing advice for staff to ensure their social media activity meets the Scottish Social Service’s Council (SSSC) Code of Practice. The updated guidance includes common questions and examples of fitness to practise cases involving social media which the SSSC has invest...
AuthorsNational Institute of Health and Care Excellence
Guidance covering diagnosis and management of constipation in children and young people up to 18. It provides strategies to support the early identification and timely, effective treatment of constipation which will help improve outcomes for patients
CategoryGuidance, National strategies and frameworks
Standards setting out what we should expect when using health, social care or social work services in Scotland, seeking to provide better outcomes for everyone; to ensure that individuals are treated with respect and dignity; and that the basic human rights we are all entitled to...
An Easy Read version of the Health and Social Care Standards that came into effect in April 2018 replacing the National Care Standards. The standards set out what we should expect when using health, social care or social work services in Scotland
An easy read version of a delivery plan setting out the Scottish Government's approach to policy for disabled people up to 2021