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Scotland’s new Dementia Strategy and SDS

The Scottish Government have published a new strategy which sets out 10-year plan to deliver a better experience for people living with dementia, their families and carers. The strategy sets out a number of aims that describe the “difference we need to make” in order to improve things. These cover a range of topics including […]

National Care Service – public forum events summer 2023

A series of events are being planned across Scotland this summer to give members of the public the chance to have their say about how the National Care Service should work. A programme of meetings will take place over the summer, from Dumfries & Galloway to Shetland. There will also be online meetings for anyone […]

Improving SDS in Moray – new report

A new report has been published which highlights work done recently in Moray to improve services for unpaid carers and people they care for. The report describes how Moray Health and Social Care Partnership’s Day Opportunities team took a different approach to organising support, focusing on achieving good outcomes for people who need support. The […]

SDSS welcomes new PA training framework developers

  Self Directed Support Scotland has welcomed two new members of staff who will take on the development of a Personal Assistant Training Framework.  Emmanuelle Le Coz (left) and Johanne McBean (right) will work alongside PAs, Employers, and organisations who support them to developer a co-produced National PA Training resource that can be accessed by […]

Disclosure Scotland update: what’s changing

Disclosure Scotland helps employers make safer decisions when they’re recruiting people. It also makes sure unsuitable people do not work with children and vulnerable adults. The Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020, which will come into force next year, aims to make the disclosure process in Scotland simpler and easier to understand. It will focus on safeguarding children […]

Draft Self-Directed Support Improvement Plan – June target for publication

  Following feedback from the National SDS Collaboration, the draft SDS Improvement Plan 2023-27 is being reviewed by Scottish Ministers and COSLA and is expected to be published in June. Updates on these processes will be provided by the Scottish Government at meetings of the National SDS Collaboration. The new strategic plan is being developed […]

Scottish Personal Assistant Workforce Survey 2023

Calling all Personal Assistants! We need your help to understand more about the Personal Assistant workforce in Scotland. The Scottish Personal Assistant Workforce Survey was carried out for the first time last year, and is being repeated in 2023 to see what has changed. If you completed the survey last year, it’s really important you […]

Report highlights barriers to social care support for Autistic people

A new report, published to coincide with Autism Acceptance Week, highlights the barriers autistic people face in accessing Self-Directed Support.  Self-directed Support (SDS) is the way social care is meant to be delivered in Scotland, following the passing of the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013. It is designed to give those who need […]

SDS National Voice 2023: round up and presentations

  This year’s SDS National Voice conference welcomed more than 130 people from across Scotland for a day-long programme to reflect on developments in SDS implementation over the past year, and explore ongoing and forthcoming work.  The conference heard an address from the Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care, Kevin Stewart MSP, who expressed […]

SDSS response to SDS Improvement Plan consultation

The forthcoming SDS Improvement Plan aims to drive forward the implementation of Self Directed Support over the coming years. In response to the consultation around the draft plan, SDSS spoke with our members to find out what is important to them, what they believe needs to happen to improve SDS in the coming years, and […]