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New project will map the quality of Independent SDS Support in Scotland

SDS Scotland is undertaking a new piece of research to look into the quality of Independent Support in Scotland. Independent Support is provided by organisations across the country to help people navigate Self-Directed Support (SDS). The research is interested in finding out about the experiences of people who have used (or tried to use) Independent […]

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 […]

Next steps for national PA training framework

The development of a National Training Framework for Personal Assistants and their Employers has taken a step forward, with a survey now complete and its results informing the development of the next phase of the project. The national survey was carried out in September, to find out Employers and Personal Assistants’ views around training. More […]

Employers and PAs invited to share views on PA training

SDSS is inviting people who employ Personal Assistants, and PAs themselves, to give their views on what training they feel would be beneficial to PAs. A short online survey has been created to ask about, among other things: what types of training would be most useful (eg. online, in person) what training topics would be […]

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 […]

Report is out: First Annual Personal Assistant Workforce Survey

Thank you to everyone who responded to the first annual Personal Assistant (PA) survey. The online survey, responded to by 912 people across every Scottish local authority area which was an amazing outcome in itself, was created to help inform workforce recruitment campaigns and PA development approaches needed to support PAs in Scotland. This first […]

Make an Impact. Become a PA.

Personal Assistants are employed by people who need support, so that they can live their life, their way.   Working as a PA is about building a strong relationship, and supporting someone to reach their goals, whatever they may be. There’s plenty in it for you too – it’s flexible and varied, with lots of […]

Conclusion of My Support My Choice Research: People’s Experiences of Social Care in Scotland

Publication of final Research Report on people’s experiences in Highland The My Support My Choice research project concludes with the publication of the Highland Report today, which you can see here: People in Highland generally reported that SDS had improved their social care experience and have shared examples of good practice from across the […]

Experiences of SDS in Highland

Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) and the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) have published their latest ‘My Support, My Choice’ report, exploring the experiences of people who access or wish to access Self-directed Support (SDS) in Highland. This report is part of a suite of Local Authority reports collated during the largest […]

Thousands of Personal Assistants receive thank you payment

Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) are proud to have been a part of the Scottish Government’s ‘thank you’ payment process for Personal Assistants (PAs), which delivered nearly 5,000 payments of up to £500 to PAs. Following months of planning with stakeholders, including Scottish Government, SDSS and payroll providers, on 30 June 2021, an online and […]