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Introducing our Communications and Policy Manager

Earlier this month (September 2020), our team grew as we welcomed Michael Pillans in the role of Communications and Policy Manager.  Coming from a background in private, public and third sector marketing and communications, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and skills for engaging audiences and influencing change.   Michael joins us from Alzheimer Scotland where he was introduced to self-directed […]

Welcome to our new SDSS Chief Executive

We are pleased to welcome Donald Macleod, our new SDSS Chief Executive, who joined us at the end of August (2020).   Donald brings over 27 years of experience in social care, in a range of senior management and strategic roles. Having led Autism Network Scotland for five years, supporting the implementation of The Scottish Strategy for Autism in partnership with Scottish Government, he […]

Goodbye and Good Luck Jess!

    As many of you are now aware our fantastic manager, Jess Wade, will soon be leaving SDSS after 8 years at the organisation. The team at SDSS will miss her dearly, Jess is truly a pleasure to work with, and is a compassionate, extremely capable leader. She will take on a new role […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for SDSS members and stakeholders.

  This page will be updated frequently as the situation develops. Last updated: Thursday 15 April 2021, 16.00 Scottish Government Guidance: what you can and cannot do. As members and key stakeholders will be aware Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing particular concern for those working in a social care context at the moment. There is lots […]

2019: a year in numbers.

    As the year comes to a  close we have taken a closer look at website activity to highlight the key searches, trends and breaking news in SDS from 2019! Online form data. It is now a year since our new website went live, a big part of the new site being the ´Find […]

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 […]

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 […]