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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 […]

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Recommendations made on inspection and regulation in social care

An independent review looking at the inspection and regulation of social care in Scotland has published a report into its findings. The Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation (IRISR) was led by Dame Sue Bruce and has been conducted over the past year. Its aim was to look at current systems of regulation and […]

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Trial will test out new discount card for PAs

A pilot is to take place in Scotland to try out a new discount card for Personal Assistants. The Blue Sky Social Care Card was launched recently in England and is available to all social care workers across the UK. It is gaining in popularity, with 10,000 users so far, and offers discounts at a […]

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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 […]

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National PA Training Framework

National PA Training Framework Self Directed Support Scotland is developing a National Personal Assistant Training Framework. The project has arisen from the PA Programme Board, which is developing the support available to PAs, and working to ensure PAs are recognised within the wider social care workforce. The project will see two Developers work with PA Employers, […]

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My PA Day: Lorraine

  Lorraine, a Personal Assistant in East Dunbartonshire, shares her experience of being a PA and what she enjoys about her work. Nine years ago I became a PA by mistake! I’ve got no idea how it started, but I can honestly say it’s my best job ever. I’ve worked in care and support for […]

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New newsletter for Personal Assistants in Scotland

A new newsletter aimed at Personal Assistants in Scotland has been launched. The imPAct newsletter, produced by Self Directed Support Scotland, aims to keep PAs informed of the work of the PA Programme Board, as well as other news and opportunities relevant to PAs. Personal Assistants who have signed up will receive the email newsletter […]

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Personal Assistant Newsletter September 2022

Download this PA Programme Newsletter – September 2022 Editor’s welcome Donald Macleod, Chief Executive, SDSS This is the third newsletter specifically for Personal Assistants to let you know about the exciting work and progress that has been made by the PA Programme Board with the essential contribution from you, the PA workforce.   This edition brings […]

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Personal Assistant Newsletter June 2022

Download this PA Programme Newsletter – June 2022 Editor’s welcome Donald Macleod, Chief Executive, SDSS This is the second of a series of newsletters to let you know about the 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 […]

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Personal Assistants’ Programme Board

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

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