Care Strategy Steering Group Aims

  • To further develop and build on robust flexible transferable employer led education partnerships with NHS Territorial Boards, Local Authorities, Independent, and Voluntary Sectors across Scotland
  • The strategic role of this group is to develop in partnership a nationally agreed set of principles which support the development of the workforce of the NHS, Local Authorities, Independent and Voluntary Sector in Scotland. A set of principles have been agreed.

Principles include:

  • Effective and efficient use of public funding to ensure best value
  • Sustainability
  • Maintain client  and public safety – the group will ensure that training offered or developed by this group supports the values and principles that underpin health and social care practice, namely to value and treat people equally, with respect and dignity; encouraging and respecting individuals’ preferences and protecting them from danger, harm and abuse.
  • Ensuring transferability and flexibility across health board boundaries, local authorities, and other sectors
  • Linked to National Occupational standards and career framework
  • Built on SCQF credit rated qualifications which are cumulative and support progression both vertically and horizontally
  • Provide wherever possible generic learning opportunities
  • Deliver to front line staff wherever possible
  • Where funding is provided consideration must be given to evaluation, exit strategies, mainstreaming projects and allowing dissemination and access.


  • to build on already established links between the college sector and NHS
  • to ensure for learners, that flexible national programmes of education are in place across Scotland which allow the workforce within the NHS and Health and Social Care Sectors, to respond to changing service needs and continue to deliver high standards of patient and client care.

Although initially this project focuses on the National Health Service, the role of social care and early years educational development is fully recognised and acknowledged.


  • a strategic plan which is responsive to the needs of the health and allied sectors (particularly NHS) with realistic targets for activity and which is linked to key stakeholder documents
  • project development guidelines and planning templates which build on and facilitate a coherent, consistent approach across the sector
  • authoritative information on current and future skills needs in health education with advice to colleges on how these might be met
  • development of resources which illustrate college contribution to health education and increased awareness amongst NHS and other key stakeholders
  • college representation, on key groups to ensure college representatives are fully briefed on their contribution to health care workforce and work streams development.