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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 […]

Latest on social care policy: Adult Social Care Reform programme launched.

The much anticipated Adult Social Care Reform programme was launched on Wednesday at the Social Work Scotland conference. You can find out all about the programme here and see the programme framework here. At SDSS we are delighted to see the reform programme being launched, and are very hopeful that it will bring the opportunity to […]

#MySupportMyChoice19 TFN exclusive!

      Today the #MySupportMyChoice19 research featured in TFN and we heard from the ALLIANCE CEO Ian Welsh on the power of lived experience and the importance of reporting on it to improve SDS: ‘The My Support My Choice project prioritises people’s lived experiences of being assessed for and receiving Self-directed Support, providing a […]

Meet the #MySupportMyChoice19 research team!

The My Support, My Choice research team want to hear from you! To access the survey click here. The freephone survey support line is 0800 1701 321 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm). Download the video transcription

Proposed Wheelchairs (Short-term access) (Scotland) Bill: consultation now open.

This Bill aims to create a statutory duty to provide an attendant controlled or occupant propelled manual wheelchair on a short-term basis, free of charge, for people who have a short-term mobility need. Currently, there is no statutory obligation on either the NHS, Health & Social Care Partnerships or local authorities to provide short-term wheelchairs. […]

Recent Scottish Goverment SDS reports: a summary.

    The Scottish Government has recently released a number of research reports on Self-directed Support implementation in Scotland as follows:  Report 1: The SDS Change Map  Report 2: Evidence Assessment for Self-directed Support  Report 3: Self-directed Support Case Studies  Report 4: Summary of Study Findings and Implications  Report 1: The SDS Change Map  The […]

Personal Assistant/People who employ PAs: Survey now live!

  The Scottish Government and COSLA are interested in hearing from people who manage their own Self-Directed Support (SDS) and their experience in employing Personal Assistants (PAs). Your input will help with plans around the future PA workforce and help to make sure that there are enough people with the right skills. The survey should […]

GDA Future Visions programme: apply now!

GDA Future Visions offers a programme of short-term intensive support, modelled on the landmark Self Directed Support Act 2013. It empowers GDA members to identify goals, overcome barriers, make choices and take control of their lives, in relation to the support they need. Sharing these successes with allies, services, decision-makers and most importantly, other disabled […]

My Support, My Choice: survey now live!

The ‘My Support My Choice’ is now live, click here.  My Support, My Choice is a joint research project from two independent charities Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) and Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) which looks to examine Service User experiences of Self-directed Support (SDS), you can read more information about the […]

New website for SDS resources.

A new website ‘The Hub’ has been developed to support improvement in social care and social work, and as part of this a library of key Self-directed Support resources has been created. The SDS library features materials suitable for a range of audiences and brings together a mix of resources from short video clips to […]

SDS National Voice 2019: Final programme launch!

The final programme for SDS National Voice 2019 is now live and can be accessed here, we look forward to welcoming delegates on the day. Can’t wait? Read our pre-event Q&A with our opening speaker the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman here. Last chance to book your place! There are a limited number […]