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Conclusion of My Support My Choice Research: People’s Experiences of Social Care in Scotland

Publication of final Research Report on people’s experiences in Highland The My Support My Choice research project concludes with the publication of the Highland Report today, which you can see here: People in Highland generally reported that SDS had improved their social care experience and have shared examples of good practice from across the […]

The National Care Service: the bill and how service design will progress

Yesterday’s meeting of the Scottish Government Personal Assistant Programme Board, provided further insight into the progression of the National Care Service Bill,  due to introduced to Parliament later this month.  It’s the first step in legislating a change of model and highlighted were its stages and timeline and the opportunities that people will have to […]

Annual PA Workforce Survey

A survey to influence the Personal Assistants (PA) Programme Board and provide tangible support to improve the situation for personal assistants in Scotland has been launched by SDSS. You may be aware of the work of the PA Programme Board: a channel for Scottish Government and a range of stakeholders, including independent organisations like ourselves, […]

Civil Rights First Training Survey: Tell us what you’d like included

A training opportunity for all members SDS Scotland are now planning to develop a training programme for members during 2022 – 2023. One of the opportunities we would like to offer comes from an organisation called Civil Rights First. Civil Rights First is a FREE advice and advocacy service to all citizens, on a range […]

Developing the Personal Assistant Handbook: looking for PA involvement

Looking for PAs to share their story and make a Video Case Study SDS Scotland are developing a Personal Assistant Handbook for all PAs across Scotland. This will be a sister publication of the online PA Employer Handbook that you can find here: The PA Employer Handbook As part of this development SDS Scotland have […]

New Updated Guidance from Scottish Government of SDS during Pandemic

Guidance reinforces need for increased flexibility for SDS during the Pandemic The Guidance covers both children and adult services. The aim of the Guidance is to: ‘. . . ensure supported people have flexibility of choice over how they manage their SDS budgets to meet their personal outcomes. This guidance also enables local authorities and […]

Implementing the Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020: Digital Certificates Research

Research on Digital Disclosure Certificates: As part of the implementation of the Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020, one of the developments being looked at is the provision of digital certificates. Before this change is implemented however, the team working on this would like to involve people using the Disclosure Scotland service. They would like to hear […]

The National Care Service Consultation: Analysis of responses

Scottish Government publishes responses to National Care Service Consultation The Scottish Government has recently published their analysis of the responses they received from the consultation on the setting up of a National Care Service in Scotland. There are some interesting areas, covering: Access to care and support Complaints and putting things right Personal Assistants In […]

Experiences of SDS in Highland

Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) and the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) have published their latest ‘My Support, My Choice’ report, exploring the experiences of people who access or wish to access Self-directed Support (SDS) in Highland. This report is part of a suite of Local Authority reports collated during the largest […]

Social Care: Scottish Government PVG Waiver

Social Care Workforce newstarts to benefit from Scottish Government PVG waiver When any new people start to work in social care in Scotland, they are likely to have to register with the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme run by Disclosure Scotland. This is a way for  employers to check whether there is anything preventing a […]

Be Distance Aware

A new initiative has launched in Scotland to encourage people to respect the space of others when they’re out and about. The Distance Aware scheme offers everyone who would feel more comfortable when they have more room, the chance to wear an easily recognisable symbol to show others they need space and care. The shield […]