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The Health of our Health and Social Care Workforce

With an ageing society, we have significant challenges to face in our health and social care workforces. We are seeing rising vacancies, the impact of staffing shortages, and increased illness amongst the workforce. It is important to understand how to protect the health and wellbeing of our essential health and social care workers.

The Context

The Scottish Government requires that NHS Boards achieve a sickness absence rate of less than 4%. Currently, no board has managed to meet this, with sickness rates rising. Stress-related absence among NHS Staff in Scotland has increased by 17.6%. Scottish Care reports that 63% of care staff leave within the first six months, believing the emotional labour, stress and demanding work is at the route of these figures.

Join us to hear from experts and policymakers as we examine the factors that impact health and social care health & wellbeing, explore the measures that are being taken to support our workforce, and ask what more can be done by the Scottish Government, health and social care boards.

Key Issues we will Address with you

  • The Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019
  • Nursing 2030 vision, where are we now?
  • Diet, Exercise, Rest – how all these are challenges for the health and social care workforce
  • Tackling disillusion and creating a supportive working environment 
  • Examples of good practice in supporting teachers – from colleagues, line-managers, and schools 
  • The context of challenges in health and social care recruitment and retention
  • What more should be done to promote strong health and care staff wellbeing 

Confirmed Speakers

Dr Richard Kyle, Head of Population & Public Health, Edinburgh Napier University, Assistant Editor, Nurse Education Today

Professor Fiona McQueen, Chief Nursing Officer, Scottish Government 

Joanna Macdonald, Chief Officer, Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership 

Dr Jane Kellock, Co-Chair, Workforce and Resources Committee,  Head of Strategy, Social Work Scotland

Iain Ramsay, Co-Chair, Workforce and Resources Committee, Partnership Manager, Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership

James O'Connell, Lead Officer, NHS Unite

Karen Martin, Mental Health Development Coordinator (Scotland), Carers Trust

Fiona Collie, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Carers Scotland

Caroline Deane, Workforce Policy and Practice Lead, Scottish Care 

Joanna Macdonald, Chief Officer, Argyll & Bute Health and Social Care Partnership 

George Palattiyil, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, School of Social and Political Science, The University of Edinburgh

Sarah Rose, PhD Social Work Candidate, University of Edinburgh

Agenda

09:45 Registration and Refreshments 

10:25 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair 

Session 1: Government Aims For The Health And Social Care Workforce 

  • The Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019
  • Nursing 2030 vision, where are we now?
  • The factors impacting staff health & wellbeing 
  • The recruitment and retention challenges in Scottish Health and Social Care 

10:30 Professor Fiona McQueen, Chief Nursing Officer, Scottish Government 

10:45 Joanna Macdonald, Chief Officer, Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership 

Dr Richard Kyle, Head of Population & Public Health, Edinburgh Napier University, Assistant Editor, Nurse Education Today

11:15 Questions and discussion

11:25 Refreshments and Networking 

Session 2: Demands & Control – Approaches To Workload And Environment

  • Tackling the stigma around poor mental health in the health and social care profession 
  • Creating a working environment that supports positive mental health
  • Emotional labour and the demands on the workforce
  • Our unpaid workforce, strategies to support all those who care

James O'Connell, Lead Officer, NHS Unite

Karen Martin, Mental Health Development Coordinator (Scotland), Carers Trust

Fiona Collie, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Carers Scotland

Sarah Rose, PhD Social Work Candidate, University of Edinburgh

12:45 Questions and Discussion

13:00 Interactive Discussion in Small Groups

Delegates will have the opportunity to take stock of the day so far and in small groups discuss what they can take from the presentations for their own work and organisation. 

13:30 Lunch and Networking 

Session 3: Developing A Staff Health And Wellbeing Strategy In Your Workforce

  • Examples of good practice in supporting health and care professionals 
  • Culture change and empowering your workforce
  • Managing work/caseloads to reduce stress

14:15 Caroline Deane, Workforce Policy and Practice Lead, Scottish Care 

14:40 George Palattiyil, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, School of Social and Political Science, The University of Edinburgh

15:05 Questions and discussion

15:10 Closing Remarks from the Chair 

15:15 Close of Event 

Please note the agenda is subject to change

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Date
23 Jan 2020
Venue
Central Edinburgh
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