Scottish Government’s Social Care Minister visits HC-One’s Quayside care home as part of campaignHC-One Scotland was pleased to participate in the launch of the new Adult Social Care recruitment drive, ‘You can make the difference’, as the Scottish Government’s Social Care Minister, Maree Todd MSP, met colleagues and residents at HC-One Scotland’s Quayside care home in Yoker.

The campaign has been launched to support the recruitment of more adult social care workers and help address vacancies.

The new Adult Social Care recruitment drive includes TV, radio, outdoor and digital advertising. The campaign focuses on the difference someone working in adult social care can make to people’s lives, highlighting the rewarding relationship between carer and care receiver.

It also shows the variety of different care roles in adult settings available across the more than 135,000-strong workforce, which accounts for around two thirds of the total social care workforce in Scotland.

The visit at Quayside care home involved the Social Care Minister meeting with colleagues and residents, to hear about the training and career development offered by HC-One Scotland, in addition to their recruitment experiences.

They were joined by members of Glasow City Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) which is responsible for commissioning adult social care services to learn how the care home and partnership are working together to improve services to meet the changing needs of the population. This includes initiatives to cut the time hospital patients need to wait for a care placement once fit to leave.

Ms Todd said:

“Working in adult social care is an opportunity to have a hugely positive impact on people’s lives on a daily basis. What I love hearing about is the community spirit and connection that it builds between people.

“To help address the issues care providers are facing in filling vacancies, we’ve increased pay and believe the National Care Service will help us and our partners to provide consistency in further improved pay and conditions, access to training and development and ensuring a career in social care is attractive and rewarding.

“It has been so good to meet with the staff here at Quayside and the HSCP to hear how they are working together to not just adapt to the caring needs of their community, but how they really support their staff develop skills, experience and careers. Anyone who thinks they might be a good fit for a job in adult social care should visit to find out more.”

Maxine Smedley, Managing Director for HC-One Scotland said:

“Our team at Quayside, and across HC-One Scotland, contribute an incredible amount to the communities we serve. It’s so important to us that we are a place where colleagues are supported to develop lifetime careers, including through SVQs, apprenticeship programmes, nurse preceptorships, dementia training programmes, and our own Aspiring Home Manager programme where we encourage our leaders of the future to really tap into their potential.

“There are many opportunities to enjoy a fulfilling career in care, and we encourage people to consider the opportunities that exist across the sector. Our social care work force are of immense value to society and they really do make a difference.”

Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership said:

“Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership work with a wide range of independent social care providers across the city.  Through this partnership we aim to ensure that there is a thriving social care sector that can appropriately support the needs of individuals across the city.”
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