New guidance on how we regulate and inspect registered care services

We have published new guidance on how we regulate and inspect registered care services.  It explains our approach, how we use our quality frameworks and gather evidence and how we evaluate the quality of individual care services.  It also explains what happens before, during and after our inspections. 

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A guide to the Health and Care (Staffing)(Scotland) Act 2019: Guidance chapter webinars

The Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019 will come into force on 1 April 2024.  Guidance is being developed to support health and care staff as they deliver the new act. 

Four webinars, taking place in June, will provide a high-level overview of the guidance chapters.  They will also support understanding of the duties associated with the legislation.  The webinars are a joint collaboration between: 

  • Healthcare Improvement Scotland 

  • The Care Inspectorate 

  • Scottish Government. 

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Meaningful connection literature review

The Anne's Law project team has published a literature review

The project aims to uphold the rights of people who live in adult and older people’s care homes, with a particular focus on promoting meaningful social connection and community involvement.  To enable the project to provide evidence-based guidance and support, a review of published literature on the subject of meaningful social connection for people who live in care homes was completed.  It was envisaged this would enable a greater breadth and depth of understanding of issues relevant to the project and provide a clear narrative for future work.

This review provides an in-depth narrative on the effects of social isolation and the importance of connection for people living in care homes and discusses the key themes emerging.

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A joint inspection of services for children and young people at risk of harm in the Scottish Borders partnership

A joint inspection of services in the Scottish Borders partnership has found key strengths that are having a significant and positive impact on the lives of children and young people. Inspectors also noted some areas which could further improve.

The report notes that children, young people and families benefited from supportive and trusting relationships with staff across services.

The recognition of - and initial response to - risks and concerns to children was identified as a strength. Staff took timely and appropriate action to keep children safe.

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Royal College of Nursing – mouth care during end-of-life care

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) have launched new guidance to support nurses and care staff to help support good mouth care during end-of-life care.

This guidance can also be used by the person receiving care, their relatives and those important to them. The guidance covers:

  • Why is mouth care important at the end of life?
  • Products used to assist mouth care
  • How to prepare for mouth care
  • Advice and FAQs
  • Things you should not use
  • Mouth care poster

The guidance can be found here.

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