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Self-isolation for social care staff

Donna Bell, Director, Mental Wellbeing and Social Care, Scottish Government, has issued a letter outlining the current self-isolation policy for social care staff. With the increasing number of COVID-19 cases here in Scotland, and with the appearance of the Omicron variant, the First Minister has outlined enhanced measures with regard to self-isolation for the general […]

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Boosting Scotland

This winter, by getting the flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine booster, you can boost your immunity and help protect your community. Those most at risk from coronavirus will now be offered a COVID-19 Vaccine Booster if it has been at least 24 weeks since their second dose to provide longer-lasting protection against the virus. All […]

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Reasonable adjustments for schools in a time of pandemic

The Additional Support Needs Blog Iain Nisbet: reasonable adjustments in schools in a time of pandemic The article explores the effects of the pandemic on the duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils. Schools have had a duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils since amendments to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 came […]

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COVID-19 – Social care worker death in service payment

The Scottish Government has improved the guidance and claim process for their COVID-19 Social care worker death in service payment. In July 2020, the Scottish Government published details of the Coronavirus social care worker death in service payment, however the process for applying was not as efficient as it could be. The scheme provides a […]

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New HR and employment support service from SCVO

New HR support to manage the impact of COVID-19 SCVO’s new service provides HR and employment support to voluntary sector organisations in Scotland, to help them manage the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. It is funded by National Lottery Community Fund. SCVO offers free online guidance and toolkits, training and webinars on topics including: Remote […]

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Scotland, it’s time to roll up our sleeves

According to research from University College London, those most at risk of mistrust and misinformation about vaccines are the same groups at increased risk for illness and death from COVID-19; ethnic minorities and those from socioeconomically deprived backgrounds. Therefore, it is our responsibility to help reassure the people we support, that the COVID-19 vaccine is […]

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Clear your head

With a national lockdown in place throughout January and winter generally being a tougher time for people, It’s OK to not feel yourself right now. The Scottish Government’s Clear Your Head Campaign encourages you to be kind to yourself by making the most of daylight and connecting with nature to get through to brighter days […]

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Personal Assistant COVID-19 Testing – workshops

Expansion of testing to adult care at home (Adult Day Centres/services; Sheltered Housing and Multiple Occupancies; Personal Assistants; wider Care at Home staff) To support the expansion of testing to the above staff and settings, the Scottish Government has arranged a number of online workshops for providers and staff in the sector. These will provide […]

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Scottish Government Vaccination Programme Update (Jan 2021)

New Vaccination Update from 1 January 2021: Including Priority Groups The Chief Medical Officer for Scotland has issued an updated letter about the arrangements being made for the COVID-19 vaccination programme. The letter focuses on: the timescale for second doses of the vaccine; a phased approach to vaccinations; further information and resources for staff, carer […]

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Carers’ Wellbeing Campaign

The Scottish Government has launched a new Carers’ Wellbeing campaign to encourage carers across Scotland to seek the emotional and practical support that will help them look after themselves. Recent polling undertaken by YouGov indicates that an additional 392,000 people in Scotland have taken up caring roles during the pandemic. This takes the total potential […]

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