Social care - Practitioner and Stakeholder Panel minutes: April 2023 - easy read

Minutes from the Practitioner and Stakeholder Panel meeting on 11 April.

Practitioner and Stakeholder Panel Meeting : Minutes of meeting - April 2023

A practitioner is a member of staff.

A stakeholder is someone from an organisation or group that supports our work.

Who was at the meeting?

Vice Chair: Stuart Currie - of the Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation of Social Care in Scotland (IRISR)

In the rest of this document this will be called 'the review'.

Practitioner and Stakeholder members (the panel)

  • British Association of Social Workers
  • Coalition of Care and Support Providers (CCPS) COSLA
  • Inclusion Scotland
  • National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) Scotland 
  • People Led Policy Panel (2 people)
  • Queens Nursing Institute Scotland
  • Scottish Care
  • Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs
  • Social Work Scotland
  • STUC
  • The Health and Social Care Alliance (The Alliance)
  • The Promise Scotland
  • The Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance Network

Scottish Government secretariat

A secretariat is an admin team that gives support with meetings

  • Kerry Brooks
  • Arlene Crockett
  • Daniel Nagy

Who could not come to the meeting?

Practitioners and Stakeholders from:

  • Adoption UK
  • Care Home Relatives Group
  • Carer Centres Managers Network
  • Coalition of Carers in Scotland
  • Community Justice Scotland
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Scottish Adoption
  • Self-Directed Support Scotland 

Items and actions

Approval of minutes from the last meeting

An action is what will happen.

Action: The panel agreed the minutes from the March meeting and they will be published on the IRISR website.

Panel discussion: Theme 5 - How will inspections and rules support the workforce

The panel talked about theme 5 with panel members sharing their experience and knowledge.

An inspection is when a service is looked at closely to see how well it is working.

Panel members talked about what it was like to work in social care services when an inspection is happening.

Panel members said it is important to check where the social care support is provided.

The panel then looked at ways that would support and develop the workforce, and make sure services are always getting better.

The panel also discussed:

  • registration - most job roles in the social services must register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)

The SSSC set the standards for the social care workforce.

  • standards - what level of quality people should expect from a service
  • qualifications

Having qualifications means someone has passed exams or has completed a course.

  • the importance of the wellbeing of the social care support workforce

Wellbeing means feeling comfortable, healthy and happy.

  • resources – money, materials and staff

Is there anything else we need to talk about?

A member of the secretariat said that an answer will be given soon about payment to panel members with lived experience.

Date of next meeting

The next panel meeting will be on

9 May

from 2pm to 4pm

on Teams.



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