In recent weeks, you may have received an invitation from Ipsos MORI, to take part in a survey of social care providers.   Ipsos MORI is an independent research organisation that has been commissioned to undertake this exercise on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Why should I take part?

As you will be aware, there has been much recent discussion of the sustainability of the social care workforce. To this end, the Scottish Government has commissioned research to identify the scale and nature of the potential recruitment and retention challenges care providers may face now and in the future, including with respect to the UK’s decision to leave the EU. The aim of this project is to understand more about the current role and contribution of non-UK EU workers and related recruitment and retention challenges in the sector. The Scottish Government, and the partners and organisations who plan, commission and provide social care services will be able to use the findings from this survey to inform how they address potential challenges identified through the research.

It is important for you to complete the survey, even if you do not currently employ any non-UK EU workers, as it will help to inform national action to promote social care in Scotland as a career choice.

How do I take part and what is involved?

A representative sample of social care providers in Scotland have been asked to take part in the survey so please look out for the email invitation sent to you.

The survey opened on the 10th of January 2018. If you have not completed the online questionnaire, a member of the Ipsos MORI team will telephone you to give you the opportunity to take part over the phone instead. Please do try and make the time to participate – the more responses Ipsos MORI get, the more accurate and representative a picture they will get of the potential challenges faced by the sector. If you prefer to complete the survey online at your own convenience, the online survey will remain open during this time.

The survey will only take 5 minutes to complete. The questions will cover topics such as the numbers, and types of staff employed at your service, as well as the recruitment and retention of staff.

How will my answers be used?

Your responses will remain confidential. Individual responses will not be shared or published outside Ipsos MORI. It will not be possible to identify individual care services responses from any report or publication. Ipsos MORI will hold all data securely in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018.

Any questions?

If you have any questions or would like any further information regarding the survey, please do not hesitate to contact the Ipsos MORI research team (Sanah Saeed Zubairi or Sara Davidson) on 0808 238 5376 or by email at ScotSocialCare@ipsos-mori.com.  You can also contact the Project Manager at the Scottish Government, Sasha Maguire on 0131 244 0563.

 

Thank you very much for your help with this important research.