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Featured in TFN: Jess Wade on SDS Implementation.

Portrait image of Jess Wade, SDSS Manager

Last week SDSS Manager Jess Wade was featured in TFN, find out more:

Portrait image of Jess Wade, SDSS Manager

SDSS Manager, Jess Wade, was featured in TFN last week discussing the future of SDS, and what needs to be done to achieve successful SDS implementation.

In this article Jess highlights the importance of real partnership working, in order to learn from best practice. Our event on the 14th of March aims to do just this by showcasing and promoting good practice from a wide range of user led organisations. Read the most up to date programme details here.

Booking details!

There are a limited number of spaces still available for the event, book now to avoid disappointment! Find our booking page here.

We are still accepting enquires from organisations interested in our marketplace, please contact Anna now at

Supported places:

Free spaces are available to SDS Scotland members, by selecting the relevant ticket type. There are a number of free spaces available by application or through supporting organisations,

SDS National Voice, tickets available now!


SDS National Voice 2018- tickets available now!

SDS National Voice is an event that will promote, celebrate and discuss good SDS practice all over Scotland. We designed this event around what you would like to hear about, and who you would like to hear from. Get your tickets now!

SDS National Voice 2018 is an event you cannot miss on Wednesday 14th of March, held at The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC). You can book your space here. 

We designed this event around you, key topics this event will cover are:

  • Option 2- Making it work.
  • Research on the value of Independent Information and Support – How to promote this further.
  • Real Partnership Working- How to win friends and influence Local Authorities.
  • Pooling Budgets – Options and success stories.
  • Navigating Health and Social Care – Understanding the new structures and where you can be involved to shape this locally.
  • When Things Go Wrong – how to get the best resolution for all parties.

In attendance will be a number of organisations at the centre of SDS development including: Inspiring Scotland, Scottish Government, Local Authorities,and SDS Scotland Membership organisations. A full programme of the day will be published in due course.

This event is fully accessible, there will be a number of Personal Assistants available at the venue, as well as BSL interpreters.

Supported places.

Free spaces and discounted rates are available to SDS Scotland members, by selecting the relevant ticket type. There are also a limited number of free spaces available by application or through supporting organisations, please contact:

Find out more and book your space here!

SDS National Voice: Further Programme announcements!

'We're going' logo for SDS National Event to highlight further programme announcement

'We're going' logo for SDS National Event to highlight further programme announcement

SDS National Voice: Programme announcements!

It has been a busy week for SDSS, we have been working on updating our programme for the #SDSnationalvoice  We have lot of exciting content confirmed and even more will be announced next week!

Confirmed Speakers

Confirmed Projects.

Booking details!

There are a limited number of spaces still available for the event, find our booking page here.

We are accepting enquires from organisations who are interested in contributing or participating in our marketplace, please contact

3rd Sector Health and Social Care Integration Forum

Health and Social Care Integration Forum

Location: Glasgow City Date of event: 27/02/2018 at 10am – 12.30pm

Join colleagues from across the third sector to discuss the all-important theme of ‘engagement’ when it comes to integration.

This forum, facilitated by the Integration Support Team at the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, aims to provide a safe space for the 3rd sector (and those interested in working more closely with the sector) to discuss and explore the opportunities and challenges in Health and Social Care Integration in Scotland.

One of the main topics of discussion at this forum will be based around a paper requested by Ministerial Strategic Group for Health and Community Care (MSG) on Third Sector engagement with Health and Social Care Integration. Some suggested areas for insight and discussion include;

  • quality of engagement
  • practical barriers to involvement
  • shift to prevention and community based support
  • role of Strategic Planning Groups
  • perceived imbalance in focus on health vs social/community care
  • input into workforce development plans

Teas and coffees will be available at the venue from 10am, and the forum will start at 10.30am.

The meeting will be held at:

The Albany (GCVS)
44, Ashley Street, Glasgow G3 6DS

Places are free but limited, so please book early via the booking form below. It would also be helpful if you could let us know if you have any specific accessibility or dietary requirements by emailing

Breaking News: SDS SIRD2021 Fund Now Open.

Logo for Scottish Government.

Breaking News – Self Directed Support SiRD2021 Fund Now Open for Applications:

The new Support in the Right Direction Fund (SiRD2021) is open for applications as of today, 5th February. The deadline for applying is 12pm (midday) on Tuesday 3 April 2018.

The application process is being managed by Inspiring Scotland and you can get information on criteria and the application process from the Inspiring Scotland website –

Here you will find Fund information and Guidance notes, the Consultation summary and a copy of the application form. If after reading the Guidance notes you decide to apply, you need to request an application form for completion, which will then be emailed to you. You can request your application form through

They will also be providing surgery sessions to discuss individual project ideas for SiRD2021 on the following dates:

  • 5 March – Glasgow, venue TBC
  • 6 March – Edinburgh, venue TBC
  • 8 March – Aberdeen, venue TBC

You can request to attend a surgery here-

Please share this information with your contacts and partners where relevant. If you have any questions get in touch with Ashley or Kaylie from Inspiring Scotland:,

If you would like support with your application from SDSS please contact Mark:

Administration of Medication Event: Guidelines for PAs

Administration of Medication Event: Guidelines for Personal Assistants

If you are a Personal Assistant Employer, working as a Personal Assistant or supporting PA Employers, this event is for you.

Personal Assistants may often be supporting people to take or manage their medication. This can be from the beginning of a support arrangement or be something that comes up after a period of ill health.

This event is an opportunity to discuss the idea of creating Guidelines that would support PAs and their employers regarding the training and support PAs need to enable them to support people to take their medication.

The Workshop is being held at:

Venue: Station Hotel, 1, Leonard Street, Perth PH2 8HE

Date: Wednesday 7th March from 10am to 2pm

Medication concerns:

WEA Scotland/Personal Assistants Network Scotland, SDS Forth Valley and Emcare, through their partnership work in providing training support and development to Personal Assistants, have had several concerns raised regarding the activities some PAs have been asked to do relating to medications, medical and quasi medical interventions.


In some cases this results in PAs

  • Administering medicines family members have dispensed and have carried out medical activities with only the family member giving direction.
  • PA’s being asked to administer medication through needles without training

This has resulted in a number of concerns being raised with WEA and SDS Forth Valley.

What’s missing?

On initial investigation, there currently appears to be a lack of direction regarding what a PA should and should not be carrying out with regards to administration of medications.  This lack of guidelines could prove to be detrimental to PAs in the event of an accident or incident happening and may leave them open to litigation, as well as detrimental to the person receiving the medication if this is not administered correctly.


At the workshop on 7th March, we hope to determine

  • What, if any, guidelines, protocols or procedures are currently in place?
  • Are guidelines needed for PAs?
  • What would the impact of not having guidelines be for PAs and employers?
  • What can be implemented to assist PA’s and Employers in the safe Administration of Medication?

The workshop will be in the format of facilitated group sessions led by representatives from Scottish Government, SDSS, SSSC, Social Work Scotland, SDS Forth Valley and WEA/PA Network therefore will be very participative, we encourage active feedback, discussion and input from all.  Following the workshop, information will be collated and next steps agreed with regards to submitting proposal for Guidelines to be produced.

Spaces on the workshop are limited therefore please register on Eventbrite here.


New SDS SIRD Fund opens 5th Feb 2018!

Free Disability Equality Training for SDSS Members

Disability Equality Training for SDSS Members

SDSS are looking to run Disability Equality Training for any members that would like to attend. This is different from Awareness Training.

Disability Equality training is designed and delivered by disabled people and covers four fundamental elements:

  • Models of Disability, which explores frameworks for understanding disability;
  • Language of Disability, which explores why language is important and identifies some basic terms for discussion;
  • Cultural Perspectives, which explores the influence media and imagery has upon our perception of disability and
  • Barriers, which looks at the discrimination disabled people continually encounter and how these can be addressed.

The final segment of the session explores action planning which enables people to determine what, if anything, they need to share and/or how learning can be put into practice.

This would be a full days training which would enable participants to gain a firm grounding in the ideas and good practice relating to disability equality.

The training will be provided by Cameron Equality Training, by a very experienced trainer, Maggie Cameron and their website is here:

The training would run from 10.30am – 4pm. We have venue in Edinburgh at the Norton Park Conference Centre.

Potential dates for the training are:

  • Tuesday 20th February
  • Tuesday 27th February
  • Thursday 1st March

If you are interested in attending this training, please let us know which dates would be suitable for you and if you need any support with the cost of transport.

Please contact Mark Han-Johnston at SDSS on:

Tel: (0131) 475 2623


Breaking News – New ILF Fund Open today!

ILF Scotland opens New Transition Fund today!

The Fund will initially support those aged between 16 and 21, who are at an important transitional stage in their lives.

The Fund will provide short term grants (with £5 million of funding available per year) to young disabled people, providing them with opportunities that facilitate their participation and inclusion within their communities, creating a lasting impact on their lives.

Young disabled people will be able to apply to the Transition Fund for a grant to enable them to participate in activities in their communities they have never had the opportunity to before, such as joining a club or a class.

Ryan Cuzen, an individual looking to apply to the Transition Fund, said:

“I see this fund as a positive step forward and a gate opener for young disabled folk in transition to improve their lifestyle and to get out and about.

“I want to be able to try new adult orientated activities, like mixed martial arts, and applying to the Transition Fund would give me the chance to do this.

“The hope is that the fund will give young disabled people, including myself, more confidence and help to develop community social skills.”

Peter Scott, CEO of ILF Scotland, remarked:

“We are thrilled that our Transition Fund is now open, providing a real opportunity for young disabled people to break down social barriers, and to fully participate in their communities, enhancing their independence.

“Disabled people, their organisations and their carers have been at the heart of developing this fund and its implementation. We will continue to work closely with them to maximise positive outcomes and the impact of the Transition Fund for young disabled people.”

To find out more information about the Transition Fund, the full eligibility criteria and how to apply, please go to the Transition Fund section on ILF Scotland’s website here.

Personal Assistant (PA) Survey

Personal Assistant (PA) Survey by Strathclyde University

Strathclyde University are undertaking a survey to look at the experience of working as a Personal Assistant in Scotland, as well as how the role of a PA can support innovation and achieving the Personal Outcomes that are important to the PA Employer.

The survey is based on a tool called The Fair, Innovative & Transformative Work (FITwork) Tool. This looks at the arrangements in place for PAs that can support or limit innovation, and help them provide the best possible care for their employer. It also considers behaviours and attitudes, and focuses on issues that national and international research has identified as crucial to getting the most out of the resources currently available to the employer.

If you would like the opportunity to bring people together in a focus group, Strathclyde University would be more than happy to help facilitate such a discussion. To arrange this or to discuss any other aspect of the research, you can contact:

Dr Amy Watson (Research Associate)

Scottish Centre for Employment Research

Department of Human Resource Management

University of Strathclyde


Tel: (0141) 548 4018