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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 […]

Funding announced for independent support

New funding has been announced that will enable people in Scotland who use social care, and their carers, to access independent support, information, advice and advocacy. The Support in the Right Direction (SiRD) funding has been granted to 33 organisations across Scotland, and will see them share £9.2 million of funding from Scottish Government across […]

Defining and developing Community Brokerage in Scotland

A new framework has been launched which sets out a national approach to Community Brokerage services in Scotland. Developed as part of the SDS Improvement plan 2023-2027, A Brokerage Framework for Scotland has been co-produced over the past 18 months with Independent Support Organisations and others across the sector. It sets out the values and […]

National plan sets out roadmap to improve training for Personal Assistant Employers and PAs

  A new national plan has set out what needs to happen in Scotland to improve access to training for people who employ Personal Assistants.   The plan is about the training employers want to give to their PAs as well as the training they might want to access themselves, to support them to be a […]

A new home for Personal Assistant vacancies in Scotland

My Job Scotland is Scotland’s job website for the public and third sector, and one of the most visited recruitment sites in Scotland. And now, it’s also home to a dedicated page for Personal Assistant vacancies. The page has been developed as part of the work of the Personal Assistant Programme Board, which aims to […]

Have you had help to sort out your social care support? 

Complete the By My Side survey now:   We are doing a research project called By My Side, all about the support people get when they need help to navigate and organise social care.  There are organisations across Scotland which are independent from the council and can give you help and advice about social […]

Latest Personal Assistant workforce survey findings published 

  The findings of the second Personal Assistant workforce survey have been published, giving an insight into the PA workforce in Scotland, what motivates and challenges them. Almost 800 PAs responded to the survey, which was carried out in April 2023 following a first survey conducted in 2022. This second set of results allows, for […]

Research into SDS information for people with sensory impairments

The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland are doing research into accessible information about Self-directed Support (SDS) for people with sensory impairments. They’d like to hear from any adult with a sensory impairment who accesses, wants to access, or who has been refused access to SDS or social care. There are two ways to get […]

Help shape the re-opening of the Independent Living Fund

The Scottish Independent Living Fund was created in 2015 following the closure of the UK Independent Living Fund, and is designed to support individuals who have complex disabilities to live independently. Since 2015 the fund has been closed to new applicants, but it was announced in September 2023 that the fund will re-open in April […]

Latest developments in National Care Service

  The Minister for Social Care, Mental Wellbeing and Sport, Maree Todd MSP, has given an update to the Scottish Parliament on the latest moves towards developing a National Care Service for Scotland. In a letter to the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee, the Minister outlines the proposed changes to the original Bill that […]

PA Employers and Personal Assistants sought to shape work on wellbeing

A new project aimed at improving the wellbeing of Personal Assistants in Scotland is seeking PAs and PA Employers to join expert groups to guide the work. The project also aims to support the mutual relationship between PA Employers and PAs. It is being run by IMPACT (Improving Adult Social Care Together), a UK-wide project that […]