Monday, 22 April 2013

Preventing Falls: a booklet for care at home staff

The Care Inspectorate have worked with NHS Education for Scotland to develop a pocket-sized booklet for care at home staff.

This highlights the steps that staff can take to help the people that they care for.  

These include:

 - asking the person about falls
 - knowing what can help the person to stay well
 - supporting the person to keep their home environment safe.

They have a small number of copies available.  If you would like a copy of this booklet please contact their National Enquiry Line on 0845 600 9527 

Friday, 19 April 2013



Lots of things have been happening over the past few months so we thought that a regular newsletter may be the way to help you keep up to date.

If you would like to contribute to the next newsletter please get in touch.

The Scores Are In.

We are happy to announce that our first inspection report has just gone public.  Thank you to all who contributed to its success.  We scored 5's across the board and are working hard to achieve the maximum of 6's at our next inspection.  You can find a copy of our latest report here.  Inspection Report

Hard Work Pays Off

Over the past 2 years we have been working hard towards our Investors In People Award.  I am delighted to say that we were awarded our IIP certification in April of this year.  There is no resting our laurels though, we will continue to invest in our staff and customers to create an even better service. 

We Are Listening

If you ever wanted to get more involved in Social Care Alba then now is your chance.  This year more than ever, we have a huge range of topics for discussion and review.  These include reviews of our:

  • Meeting structure
  • Staff appraisal process
  • Staff supervision process
  • Staff training
  • Staff induction
  • Audits
  • Service users reviews
  • I.T and Admin systems
  • Staff handbook
  • Service users handbook
  • Website and Social media

If you would like to get involved in any of these reviews or suggest others we should look at then please get in touch.

Get To Know The Team

We have continued to bring people with different backgrounds into the team.  Did you know our staff include those with qualifications in:

  •     Nursing
  •     Social Work
  •     Occupational Therapy
  •     Physiotherapy
  •     Pharmacology
  •     Human Resources
  •     Law
  •     Care

  Health Working Lives 2013

Yes 2013 brings with it more Healthy Working Lives events.  Over the course of the coming months Njoki and the office team will be running campaigns aimed at improving our our lives.  If you want to get more involved, then Njoki would love to hear from you.  For everyone else, what this space.

Training For All

For 2013 we have expanded our training programme.  After consulting service users, families and staff we have added group training sessions to this years programme.  These include:

  • Introduction to Social Care
  • Stroke
  • Dementia Awareness
  • Moving and Handling
  • Challenging Behaviour
  • Medication
  • Person Centred Support
  • Catheter Care
  • Health and Safety
  • Personalisation
  • Diabetes
  • Palliative Care

In addition to these we have a range of e-learning courses available through our website.  Our courses are open to staff, service users or their families and are run in Edinburgh every month.  If you would like to attend a training course or suggest a course for us to deliver then please contact our office.

There Is Even More Coming

There is even more on the way.  To keep up to date with what is happening visit our Blog or Website regularly.  Alternatively get in touch to let us know what needs passed on.

Many thanks