Tag Archives: social care

Health and Social Care Workforce Planning

The Scottish Government is consulting about a new approach to workforce planning in health and social care. In UNISON Scotland’s response we highlight the weaknesses in the current fragmented system and the challenges facing the sector in the coming years. We argue for a national workforce framework that includes consistent data collection and a sectoral […]

There is little direct monitoring of home care services by councils, says UNISON

Direct contract monitoring of service users is very limited and very few visits are made to check service users are receiving contracted levels of care, according to a report published today (Monday)  by UNISON Scotland at a Community Sector Conference in Glasgow. UNISON are calling for monitoring arrangements to be adequately staffed and include site […]

Dave Watson promotes Ethical Care Charter at Lib Dem conference

UNISON’s Dave Watson has been promoting our Ethical Care Charter at the Lib Dem Party Conference in Perth. He has just spoken at the fringe meeting and discussed with Willie Rennie and other MSPs. West Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire are the most recent councils to adopt UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter. They follow Aberdeen City and North Ayrshire councils, Inverclyde Council […]

North Lanarkshire Council sign UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter

UNISON congratulated North Lanarkshire Council – who have adopted UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter today. This will ensure high standards in homecare, and better conditions for homecare workers. It is great news for vulnerable service users, their families and homecare staff, says UNISON The Ethical Care Charter was developed by UNISON following concerns raised about the […]

North Ayrshire Council sign up to Ethical Care Pledge is great news, say UNISON

North Ayrshire Council has adopted UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter, to ensure the delivery of high standards in homecare and better conditions for homecare workers. This is great news for vulnerable service users, their families and homecare staff says UNISON The Ethical Care Charter was developed by UNISON following concerns raised across the UK about the standards of […]

Briefing 084 Bargaining – Health and Social Care Delivery Plan – January 2017

KEY POINTS: • A major shift of treatment into community settings is planned • Some services and treatments will be centralised on either a regional or national basis. • A new Public Health Strategy will be developed and mental health services will be mainstreamed across all health services • A new Workforce Plan will be […]

Children first – ethical social work with refugee children

Ten years on from UNISON Scotland and BASW Scotland’s  first ever guide for social workers on ethical working with asylum seeker children, Child’s Welfare Paramount? a national conference on Social Work with Refugees and Asylum Seekers has again highlighted the important role of social work in supporting refugee children. Organised by BASW (the British Association […]

UNISON welcomes introduction of Scottish Living Wage for social care

UNISON welcomes the Scottish Government commitment to introduce the Scottish Living Wage across the social care sector in Scotland, from 1st October 2016. This is the result of a long campaign by UNISON, and we are pleased that extra money has been provided for employers to meet this new commitment. However, we are disappointed that […]

Scotland’s home care service is at breaking point, says report from UNISON Scotland

The report – We care, do you? – is the latest in UNISON Scotland’s damage series which looks at the impact of austerity cuts on the country’s public services and the people who deliver them. The survey of home carers revealed: • 9 in 10 (88%) said they were limited to specific times for client […]

Home care workers ask – we care, do you?

Scotland needs a quality home care service to meet the growing demand and also ensures that patients who shouldn’t be in hospital are cared for at home. While there is a welcome commitment to address this, the service at present is struggling. See more on the Public Works blog. This is reinforced in a report […]