Recently (Thursday 28 June), Scottish Care launched a new report on the independent social care workforce at our Workforce Matters event in Glasgow.

‘The Experience of the Experienced’ explores the employment journeys of experienced and older individuals working in nursing home, care home, care at home and housing support organisations.

It is based on interviews with 9 social care workers, aged 41-71, who have either entered the care sector later in life or have worked in the sector for a long time.

Following the report launch, CEO Dr Donald Macaskill said:

“Our experienced social care staff are our experts.  As we seek to address the challenges of re-designing roles, of recruiting a new generation of carers, of reshaping how we support and care for people we forget the voice of experience at our peril.

“We need to mould our systems of regulation, registration, learning and qualification to enable those entering later into social care to know that their skills and experience is valued and validated.”

Katharine Ross, National Workforce Lead, added:

“We welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with providers, front line staff and partners across the health and social care sector to not only attempt to answer some of the challenging questions that the report raises but to ensure that the experience of the experienced is respected, appreciated and celebrated.”

The report can be accessed here: http://www.scottishcare.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/SC-The-Experience-of-the-Experienced.pdf

You can follow discussions from the event on Twitter using the hashtag #exPEERience

If you would like to discuss the report and its findings in more detail, please contact Katharine Ross, Paul O’Reilly or Becca Gatherum.