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The Independent Review of learning disability and autism in the mental health act

The Independent Review of learning disability and autism in the mental health act is looking at whether this law needs to change for people with autism or people with learning disability. The review is looking at whether the law promotes and protects people’s human rights. If the review finds that the law needs to change […]

SDSS AGM 2023: round up

Our Annual General Meeting this year saw more than 80 people from our member organisations and across the sector get together to hear the latest updates on Self Directed Support, Scottish social care policy, and share learning in a series of workshops.  SDS Scotland CEO Donald Macleod shared highlights from our work over the past […]

New project will map the quality of Independent SDS Support in Scotland

SDS Scotland is undertaking a new piece of research to look into the quality of Independent Support in Scotland. Independent Support is provided by organisations across the country to help people navigate Self-Directed Support (SDS). The research is interested in finding out about the experiences of people who have used (or tried to use) Independent […]

Recommendations made on inspection and regulation in social care

An independent review looking at the inspection and regulation of social care in Scotland has published a report into its findings. The Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation (IRISR) was led by Dame Sue Bruce and has been conducted over the past year. Its aim was to look at current systems of regulation and […]

Employers and PAs invited to share views on PA training

SDSS is inviting people who employ Personal Assistants, and PAs themselves, to give their views on what training they feel would be beneficial to PAs. A short online survey has been created to ask about, among other things: what types of training would be most useful (eg. online, in person) what training topics would be […]

National Care Service national forum details published

The Scottish Government have published details of this year’s National Care Service national forum, which will be in Glasgow (and online) on Monday 30 October. The annual National Forum was first held in Perth last year. It is an opportunity for people who access social care support, the social care workforce, carers and unpaid carers […]

Partnership agreement reached on National Care Service

As part of on-going discussions on the National Care Service (NCS) (Scotland) Bill, the Scottish Government has reached an initial agreement with local government and the NHS about accountability arrangements for the National Care Service. The agreement aims to establish who will be responsible for people’s care once the NCS is established. Overall legal accountability will […]

Support in the Right Direction fund open

  A new phase of the Support in the Right Direction (SiRD) funding programme, which will see £3 million per year available across Scotland, is now open for applications. The funding comes from the Scottish Government and is managed by Inspiring Scotland. Support in the Right Direction started in 2012 with the aim of maintaining […]

ILF Scotland seeking new Chair and Board members

  The Independent Living Fund (ILF) Scotland is seeking a new Chair and two new members to join its Board. ILF Scotland distributes funding of around £60 million each year to support people in Scotland and Northern Ireland to lead independent lives. The organisation has a staff team of around 66, who provide award management […]

SDS Improvement Plan 2023 – 2027 published

  The Scottish Government and COSLA have published a new plan to drive forward improvement in Self-directed Support over the next few years.  The SDS Improvement Plan 2023 – 2027 sets priorities for work that will take place right across the sector – from Government and local councils to third sector organisations, independent support organisations […]

Volunteers sought to help test Health and Care Experience Survey

The Scottish Government are looking for volunteers to help them test the Health and Care Experience (HACE) survey. The survey is carried out every two years and aims to gather the views of hundreds of thousands of people across Scotland about their experiences of health and social care. The team that conducts the survey wants […]