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Our organisational structure

Our Council

The Council oversees the organisation. The Council is made up of a Convener and nine members who are appointed by Scottish Ministers. The Council has several committees such as Audit and Assurance and Fitness to Practise which develop rules and policies and overview procedures. For more information visit the Council and committees page.

We have four directorates to deliver our business functions. We also share some corporate services with the Care Inspectorate, such as human resources, procurement, finance, estates and health and safety.

Our directorates

The Executive Management Team (EMT) and Operational Management Team (OMT)

The EMT and OMT make up our management team. They work closely together to make sure we achieve our strategic and operational objectives.

Strategy and Performance

The Strategy and Performance Directorate consists of Digital Services, Performance and Improvement, Communications and Policy Department and the Programme Management Office.

The Strategy and Performance Directorate leads the development, implementation and communication of the SSSC’s strategy by positioning the organisation to achieve maximum impact and excellence.

Workforce, Education and Standards

The Workforce, Education and Standards Directorate work include qualifications, learning and development, leadership, digital learning, workforce intelligence and workforce planning.


Regulation brings together registration, fitness to practise and hearings as one unified process. The Directorate is here to protect the public and the safety and welfare of people who use services.

The Registration Department maintains and publish the Register of those people who are fit to practise. The Fitness to Practise Department investigates fitness to practise concerns about workers who are registered or applying to register. We make decisions about their fitness to practise and conduct Fitness to Practise Panel hearings. The Regulatory Improvement and Hearings Department provide and administer hearings where Fitness to Practise Panels make decisions about a worker’s fitness to practise.

Finance and Resources

The Finance and Resources Directorate includes Organisational Development and Legal and Corporate Governance. 

The Finance and Resources Directorate leads the delivery of the People Strategy 2021-2024.

Finance, Procurement, Human Resources, Estates and Health and Safety are provided through shared services with the SSSC and the Care Inspectorate.

Find out more about our structure and senior management here.


Find out more about registering with the SSSC including what qualifications you need and how much it costs.

Supporting the workforce

Discover our free learning resources and how our work can support your learning and development.

Fitness to practise

Read more about our fitness to practise process, registrant responsibilities and how to make a complaint about a worker.