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Written Evidence to Independent Review of Adult Social Care Scotland

Johnston, Lucy



Cari Malcolm
Project Member


• The evidence presented here relates to four research studies conducted in relation to workforce resilience, burnout and support around death and dying in the care home sector.
• While there are a wealth of resources to support care home staff well-being online, their use by, and usefulness to, front-line care workers is limited. Self-care and psychological well-being need to be incorporated into practice-based learning.
• In particular, practice-based learning in relation to palliative and end of life care and death and dying which incorporates self-care and psychological well-being could support long-term resilience in the care home sector.
• Embedding monthly online Supportive Conversations and Reflections about death and dying, delivered by palliative care specialists, is a mechanism for incorporating palliative and end of life education and support for care home staff, particularly front-line care workers.
• Long-term resilience of the care home sector requires career pathways and professional development opportunities for front-line care workers and nurses to develop as leaders in the social care sector, beginning with pre-registration nursing curricula and ongoing continuing professional development opportunities.


Johnston, L. Written Evidence to Independent Review of Adult Social Care Scotland. Scottish Government

Report Type Project Report
Online Publication Date Mar 19, 2021
Deposit Date Mar 4, 2021
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