New tool could revolutionise Scottish care sector

Forget IQ...the Rankein Scale will let employers ensure that their caring sector recruits are emotionally suited to the role. (Contributed pic)

Forget IQ...the Rankein Scale will let employers ensure that their caring sector recruits are emotionally suited to the role. (Contributed pic)

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A Scottish nursing lecturer has developed a new on­line tool with the potential to change the care sector for the better.

Dr Bob Rankin, who retired from Dundee University last year, has recently launched the Rankein Scale.

And together with Martin Laidlaw – a retired senior manager in further education – and publisher Gillian Nineham, he is now making contact with organisations involved in caring for vulnerable people.

The trio are confident the new tool has the potential for a multitude of applications.

Dr Rankin explained: “I think it has the potential to revolutionise the caring sector.

“The reason behind its development is to try to improve the quality of individuals being recruited to work in the care sector, where there are lots of vulnerable groups of people for whom it can be a challenge to communicate their needs.”

Dr Rankin worked for almost 30 years as a senior lecturer in nurse education.

So he had a particular interest in the relationship between emotional intelligence and the quality of clinical practice.

His doctoral research found a significant correlation between students nurses’ emotional intelligence and the quality of their performance.

This research led to further work, involving emotional intelligence assessments used in selecting student nurses for their degree programmes. The Rankein Scale was developed from this research.

Dr Rankin added: “As far as we are aware, it is the first emotional intelligence tool developed especially for the care sector.

“It can be very difficult to vet care staff, and references and interviews are often not enough to identify those most suited to working in the sector.”

For more information on the Rankein Scale, don’t miss our in-depth feature in this week’s paper, which is in the shops now.