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Personal Assistants’ Programme Board

The first meeting of the Personal Assistants’ (PA) Programme Board took place in August 2021 and  continues to meet on a monthly basis. The Board is formed of PAs, Scottish Government, Independent Support Organisations plus more, with the shared aim of ensuring the integration of PAs into the overall social care workforce.

Purpose of the Programme Board

The Programme Board will play a key role in offering tangible outcomes to support improvements to the situation for PAs in Scotland and it will require passion and pace to create a work plan in the short time available to the Board members.

The purpose of the Programme Board is to offer advice to the Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care, Mr Stewart, on how to ensure PAs are fully recognised as members of the social care workforce. The group will consider the issues that are preventing PAs being recognised.

The board will produce an initial report to the Minister that will coincide with the end of the National Care Service consultation. Final decisions will sit with the Minister, however the Board will provide a route to policy development. Any future work agreed by the group will be fed into long term SG work streams.

The work of the group will be transparent and informed by the wider Independent Living Movement. Members will meet on a monthly basis and there may be facilitated discussions with a wider group of stakeholders.


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Read the Latest: Personal Assistant Newsletter March 2022


10 August 2021

View the minutes from 10 August 2021 here.

Fair Work Convention’s presentation

26 October 2021

Personal Assistant Programme Board – 26.10.2021 – minutes – cleared by members

Outcome mapping presentation 

£500 Payments for PAs Analysis – Scotland Excel

25 November 2021

PA Programme Board Report 

Outcome mapping presentation 

Fair Work – PA Programme Board – Minutes – 25 November 2021

27 January 2022

Social Care and NCS Development Directorate Organogram

Training Framework PA Programme Board

More updates:

Personal Assistant Newsletter March 2022
April 9, 2022

Download The Personal Assistant Newsletter March 2022 Editor’s welcome Donald Macleod, Chief Executive, SDSS This is the first of a series of newsletters to let you know about some exciting work that is going on in relation to your roles as Personal Assistants. This work is being led by a Scottish Government board, the PA Programme Board, and is ...

Annual PA Workforce Survey
April 4, 2022

A survey to influence the Personal Assistants (PA) Programme Board and provide tangible support to improve the situation for personal assistants in Scotland has been launched by SDSS. You may be aware of the work of the PA Programme Board: a channel for Scottish Government and a range of stakeholders, including independent organisations like ourselves, ...

Minister Letter: PA Programme Board Actions
March 29, 2022

A letter from the Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care Kevin Stewart MSP outlining PA Programme Board actions went out today to the 5,000 strong cohort of Personal Assistants who received a thank you payment for services during pandemic lockdown.   The Letter The letter which you can read here introduces the work of the PA Programme ...

Developing the Personal Assistant Handbook: looking for PA involvement
March 9, 2022

Looking for PAs to share their story and make a Video Case Study SDS Scotland are developing a Personal Assistant Handbook for all PAs across Scotland. This will be a sister publication of the online PA Employer Handbook that you can find here: The PA Employer Handbook As part of this development SDS Scotland have set up a ...

Personal Assistant pay uplift
January 6, 2022

On 5 October 2021, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care announced a package of measures to support winter and system pressures in health and social care. This included a commitment to provide up to £48 million of Scottish Government funding to support a pay uplift for Adult Social Care workers. This funding is being ...

Your views on self-employed PAs
December 17, 2021

Earlier this year, we asked our members and their networks to share their experiences as self-employed Personal Assistants (PAs) or those who contract them or work alongside them. The survey was completed by 39 respondents including PA employers, self-employed PAs, self-employed contractors, other support workers and other key stakeholders (independent support and local authority staff for ...

Thousands of Personal Assistants receive thank you payment
November 10, 2021

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 postal ...