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Staff Complement and Deployment in Care at Home (Scotland) Policy

Policy Statement

This care at home service aims to achieve the person-centred national health and social care standards set out in My Support, My Life by ensuring that the people who use our service are given the support they need through our staffing provision. The service always carefully monitors and reviews its staffing complement and turnover and terms and conditions of service to ensure that it employs staff who are of the required calibre to provide high-quality care and to enhance the practice of these members of staff.

In these ways the service will ensure that it will meet the following standards.

“3. I have confidence in the people who support and care for me

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3.17 I am confident that people respond promptly, including when I ask for help.

3.18 I am supported and cared for sensitively by people who anticipate issues and are aware of and plan for any known vulnerability or frailty.

3.19 My care and support is consistent and stable because people work together well.

4. I have confidence in the organisation providing my care and support

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4.13 I have enough time and support to plan any move to a new service.

4.14 My care and support is provided in a planned and safe way, including if there is an emergency or unexpected event.

4.15 I experience stability in my care and support from people who know my needs, choices and wishes, even if there are changes in the service or organisation.

4.16 I am supported and cared for by people I know so that I experience consistency and continuity.‚ÄĚ

This policy on staff complement and deployment should be read and used in relation to the service’s other staffing policies, including those that address terms and conditions of service and working practices, training and continuing professional development.

In developing these policies the service is committed to:

Principles of the Staffing Policy

  1. All staff have clearly defined job descriptions.
  2. All staff are expected to shadow other members of staff during their induction period to better understand their own and others’ roles and responsibilities.
  3. All staff job descriptions are linked to achieving people’s individual goals as set out in their care plan.
  4. All support staff are registered with the Scottish Social Service Council and know how to follow the Code of Practice for Social Service Workers and requirements for continuous professional learning.
  5. Staff are also made familiar with and are expected to comply with the service’s safeguarding policies.
  6. All nursing staff and allied health professionals employed by the service (where applicable) comply with the standards of conduct and practice established by their own regulatory bodies.
  7. Staff are only expected to go beyond their job descriptions in exceptional circumstances to make sure people’s needs are being met.

As part of their work roles, all staff are expected to:

Commitment to Teamwork and Integrated Care

The service is committed to having an effective staff team, with sufficient numbers and complementary skills to support people’s assessed needs at all times. The service is also committed to multidisciplinary working and integrated care models, and will adjust its staffing provision in line with these requirements.

The rota and total numbers of staff planned to be on duty at any one time will therefore be set according to the:

In terms of staff experience, it is the service’s policy that:

Training

Staff are inducted into their roles in line with Scottish Social Services Council frameworks and learning resources. They are made aware of other staff roles and responsibilities, and the service’s commitment to teamwork and interdisciplinary working as part of the training process. Staff with previous experience of care work but who are new to this work setting have an induction programme related to their roles and responsibilities. Further training is provided as and when new roles are introduced.


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