Health and Social Care Workforce

This event will examine the implications of the new health and social workforce legislation. We will bring together experts to provide clarity on key issues such as staff retention and attraction, exploring data-led and technological solutions. You can check the agenda and register for the event here

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What do the changes initiated by the new safe staffing legislation mean for you?

Workforce planning in health and social care is complex and challenging due to fiscal constraint, with the increasingly complex care needs of an ageing population being delivered by an ageing workforce, and fewer people being attracted to come into and stay in health and social care professions. This takes place against the backdrop of health and social care integration and centralisation of services, a shift in emphasis from acute health setting to community-based care, resource constraints, skills gaps and the challenges forecast to be thrust upon the sector post-Brexit.

Through the National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan and the new legislation, the Scottish Government aims to improve planning across the sector but aspects of the new law have not been adequately communicated and guidance, as yet, remains unpublished. 

Join Holyrood on 29 August as we examine the new legislation with those who drafted it to provide clarity as to aspects of its application, particularly in relation to data, illuminating technological solutions to workforce issues and bringing together stakeholders to discuss how we engender wider cultural change towards staffing planning on a strategic level.

Confirmed speakers

  • Karen Hedge, National Director, Scottish Care
  • Christopher Wroath, Director of Digital, NHS Education for Scotland
  • Caroline Deane, Workforce Policy and Practice Lead, Scottish Care

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • The context around and the need for safe staffing legislation
  • How the new legislation can be applied on a practical level
  • Attraction and retention of the right staff, in the right place, at the right time
  • Upskilling and reskilling of staff to make health and social care professions more attractive
  • SWOT analysis of automation in relation to the workforce
  • Staff wellbeing at work
  • The use of data
  • Technology and R&I collaboratives as a solution to workplace issues


Registration and opening remarks

09:30    Registration and Refreshments

10:00    Welcome and Introduction from Jennifer Trueland, Chair 

10.05 Session 1: Context – The need for effective workforce planning and safe staffing legislation   

  • Overview of the new Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill, due to receive Royal Assent imminently, and what it means in practice.
  • The problems within the sector and wider society which necessitated the new legislation and what the Government intends to do going forward in accordance with the Health and Social Care Delivery Plan and Workforce Plans.

10:40    Questions and Discussion

11.15     Interactive Roundtable Discussion – Issues experienced in delivery of safe levels of staffing

Delegates will break into inter-disciplinary roundtables to identify key challenges for delivering the skilled workforce in sufficient numbers required to meet the increasing and varied need across Scotland. The thematic outcomes of each roundtable will be presented to all delegates and will inform our discussion throughout the day with a view to imparting cross-agency experience, engendering co-operation between professions and identifying solutions.

11:30    Refreshments and Networking

11:45 Session 2: Future-Proofing the Sector: Attraction and Retention of a well-qualified, knowledgeable and adaptable workforce devoted to care

  • Challenges in attraction and retention of staff.
  • Learning and development opportunities - how can we enhance the skills of the workforce?
  • Upskilling and retraining options to make the professions more attractive and prepare the workforce for age of automation.
  • Staff welfare and wellbeing at work.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Caroline Deane, Workforce Policy and Practice Lead, Scottish Care

12:50    Questions and Discussion

13:15    Lunch and Networking

13:50 Session 3: The Use of Data and Tech-Led Solutions for Delivering for Complex Care Needs with an Ageing Workforce

  • Examining issues and exhibiting best practice with the use of live data as a new statutory obligation.
  • Tech solutions and collaborations to both use of data and workforce issues.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Karen Hedge, National Director, Scottish Care
  • Christopher Wroath, Director of Digital, NHS Education for Scotland

15:00    Questions and Discussion

15:25    Closing Remarks from Chair

15:30    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees. 


Speaker callout

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Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course.


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Discounted rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email or call 0131 285 1635

29 August 2019



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