What we do (2)

Here is what we've been working on recently:

1) Workforce Data Report  – On 29th August 2018 we published the 2017 Workforce Data Report. This report gives a comprehensive picture of the paid workforce employed in the social service sector in Scotland at the end of 2017. The data published includes information on:
• The workforce size and the whole time equivalent (WTE) measure of the workforce.
• The stability index of the workforce (what percentage of people are in the same post as the previous year). 
• The employer types (Public, Private and Voluntary) and the percentages of each in local authority areas.
• The age and gender of workers in different roles and areas. 

2) Mental Health Officers report - On 31st August 2018 we published the 2017 Mental Health Officers Report.  This is the sixth statistical report on Mental Health Officers (MHOs) in Scotland to be produced by the SSSC. The data published includes information on:
• The number of practising MHOs.
• MHO trainees, leavers, vacancies and staffing shortfalls.
• The average hours worked by MHOs

3) Integration – Mike Docherty attends a sub-group of the National Workforce Planning Forum made up of representatives from NHS Scotland, Scottish Government and the SSSC. The aim of the forum is to facilitate and support the integration of health and social care workforce planning.

Part 1 of the National Workforce Plan covering NHS Scotland was published in June 2017 (available at: https://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/06/1354).

Part 2 of the plan covering Scottish social care was published in December 2017 (available at: https://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/12/2984).

Part 3 of the plan covering Scottish primary care was published in April 2018 (available at: https://beta.gov.scot/publications/national-health-social-care-workforce-plan-part-3-improving-workforce).

As part of the initiative to integrate health and social care workforce planning, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) are co-ordinating the creation of an online cross-sectoral workforce data platform. This ambitious project will face challenges with data comparability and governance. More information on this will be provided as it becomes available.

4) Detailed Data Publications -  We have published a number of detailed data files that allow you to explore our data in greater detail. These are: 

2017 Detailed Workforce Information.

Local Authority Post Types 2017

Interactive Social Worker Data Tool 2017

Here is what we'll be working on in the coming months:

1) Local Authority Social Work Services (LASWS) 2018 census data collection – The deadline for the submission of the 2018 LASWS data from Scotland’s 32 local authorities is 8th March 2019. 

During March, April and May 2019 the submitted data will undergo rigorous checking before being used in the 2018 Workforce Data Report (Official Statistics) and the 2018 MHO Report (National Statistics).

2) Data website upgrade plans – We are currently further developing our data website. We have reviewed the site in the light of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Open Data and integration. We plan to further enhance the “Explore the Data” section by extending the data available and improving how it can be shaped and presented. For example, we wish to provide separate data on Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) within the Day Care of Children sub-sector, provide percentages data in the ‘Compare data’.

3) The Adults' Services Workforce 2017 report and the Children's Services Workforce 2017 report - In January 2019 we intend to publish the above two reports. These reports go into more detail than the 2017 Workforce Data Report about the two services types. The data to be published will include information on:
• The Employer Types (Public, Private and Voluntary) and the percentage of each in the service type.
• The age and gender of workers in various roles within each service type.
• The percentage of staff by in each job function (Auxiliary, Care or Manager) in each service type.

 Forthcoming meeting dates: