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 Scottish Parliament Report: ‘Are they involving us? Integration Authorities engagement with stakeholders’, where are we now?

In September 2017 The Health and Sport Committee at the Scottish Parliament undertook a short inquiry to assess the extent to which stakeholders (including the public, the service users, the third sector and the independent sector) are being involved effectively in the work of Integration Authorities and Integrated Joint Boards. The Public Bodies (Joint Working) […]

lndividual Service Funds: a guide to making Self Directed Support work for everyone

  An Individual Service Fund (ISF) is one way of managing an individual budget available under Option 2 of the Self-Directed Support Act. In Control Scotland has produced a new guide to making Individual Service Funds work for people. They outline the core components of an ISF, details what needs to be in place for an ISF […]

New CCPS Briefing: Poor Procurement Practice and SDS – what can be done

This Providers and Personalisation (P&P) briefing sets out a local area example of the tensions that can exist between procurement and competitive tendering, and Self-directed Support (SDS) and enabling choice for individuals about the provision of their care and support. The briefing concludes with lessons that have been learned and some considerations for Local Authorities […]

Two new Acts come into force: The Carers Act and The Lobbying Act.

Scottish Government have announced two new acts, The Carers Act and The Lobbying Act. Carers Act Members will be well aware of the Carers Act, which came into force on 1st April this year. The Coaliation of Carers in Scotland have produced a number of useful resources and information leaflets to help everyone understand the […]

Featured in TFN: Jess Wade on SDS Implementation.

Last week SDSS Manager Jess Wade was featured in TFN, find out more: SDSS Manager, Jess Wade, was featured in TFN last week discussing the future of SDS, and what needs to be done to achieve successful SDS implementation. In this article Jess highlights the importance of real partnership working, in order to learn from best […]

Access to Employment and the use of SDS

SDS – Access to Employment Learning Event The Scottish Union of Supported Employment (SUSE) undertook a survey into Employment and Self Directed Support late last year. Following on from this, and the 3 year project they have been running called ‘Access to Employment’ SUSE are now holding a discussion event to further look at employment and […]

SDS 2017 Reflections- Jess Wade, SDSS Manager.

2017 has been a busy one for us, and no doubt you too, and we hope it has also been productive for you! Reflecting on the year and SDS 2017 we have had a very successful AGM in October, and welcomed two new Trustees, Ged Thompson (DICE) and Joanne McGee (Take Ctrl East Dunbartonshire), to our […]

Targets and Indicators for Health and Social Care Services in Scotland

Professor Sir Harry Burns’ report into the use of targets and indicators in Scotland – out now! Former Chief Medical Officer Sir Harry Burns has carried out an independent national review into targets and indicators for health and social care. The review considered how targets and performance indicators can lead to the best outcomes for […]

Free Personal and Nursing Care for all in Scotland! (April 2019)

The much promised feasibility study into extending free personal care to under 65s has been published: Following publication of the above, the First Minister has announced that “Scottish Government will start the work to fully implement Frank’s Law” (the campaign which began as a call for free personal care for under 65s who have […]

Audit Scotland SDS Report – So, what now?

Members will, no doubt, be well aware that the Audit Scotland SDS: 2017 Progress Report was released last week. If you’ve not yet had the chance to read it, or even if you have, perhaps you would like to hear our take? Our Chair, Florence Garabedian, has commented on the report in Third Force News, saying: […]