What we are working on

What we are working on – as at 29th January 2018

Here is what we've been working on recently:

1) Adult’s and Children’s Services reports for 2016 – On 19th January 2018 we published the 2016 Adults’ Services report (available here) and the 2016 Children’s Services report (available here). The data in these reports supplements data already published in the annual Scottish Social Service Sector: Report on 2016 Workforce Data (SSSC, September 2017). We’ve published the reports in response to requests for more information on some adults and children’s services.

2) Economic value of the social care sector project – Mike Docherty, SSSC Workforce Intelligence Manager, is the project manager of a UK-wide research project which examines the economic impact of the adult social care sector on the economy with a view to providing evidence to inform future policy and funding decisions. Skills for Care and Development (SfCD) is carrying out the project in collaboration with 10 stakeholders from across the UK which include representation from each of the four countries. The project examines:
• the direct, indirect and induced economic value of the sector to the UK economy and the four constituent nations
• the impact of social care provision and a comparison of investment in the adult social care sector’s workforce with that in other related sectors.
SfCD is a partnership of Skills for Care, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), Social Care Wales and the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC). The SSSC and NISCC are managing the project on behalf of SfCD, and a project report will be published by SfCD by June 2018. More information can be found on the SfCD website at: http://www.skillsforcareanddevelopment.org.uk/Newsandevents/latest_news.aspx

3) Integration – Mike Docherty attends the National Workforce Planners 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: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/06/1354).

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

Part 3 of the plan covering Scottish primary care will be published in early 2018.

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) Social Service Providers’ Analysis 2016 – We are developing a report which will examine the profile of service providers of registered care services. The size, scope and distribution of the providers will be considered and there will also be an analysis of how these factors have changed over time. It is planned to publish this report around the end of March 2018.

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

1) Local Authority Social Work Services (LASWS) 2017 census data collection – The deadline for the submission of the 2017 LASWS data from Scotland’s 32 local authorities is 2nd March 2018. We know that authorities are busy working on their collections and have already responded to a number of queries in this regard.

During March, April and May 2018 the submitted data will undergo rigorous checking before being used in the 2017 Workforce Data Report (Official Statistics) and the 2017 MHO Report (National Statistics) to be published in the late summer.

2) Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs): 2016/17 and 2017/18 – We intend to publish a report on SVQ provision in the Scottish Social Service Sector for 2016/17 and 2017/18 in the late spring of 2018. The format of the report is likely to be similar to that of the 2015/16 report in that it will contain summary data on Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) and SVQ data will be separated into the Adults and Children & Young People frameworks.

3) Data website upgrade plans – We are currently commissioning work to develop our data website during 2018. We plan to 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’ section and review the site in the light of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Open Data and integration.



Forthcoming meeting dates:

March 2018 – Scottish Social Services Workforce Data Group (SSSWDG) meeting
May/June 2018 – interim Data Providers Group meeting