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Personal Assistant/People who employ PAs: Survey now live!

  The Scottish Government and COSLA are interested in hearing from people who manage their own Self-Directed Support (SDS) and their experience in employing Personal Assistants (PAs). Your input will help with plans around the future PA workforce and help to make sure that there are enough people with the right skills. The survey should […]

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New publication: ‘PA Checklist – A Tool for Assessing Personal Assistance Schemes.’

. In November and December 2018, the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) piloted the PA Checklist – a new tool designed for assessing personal assistance (PA) schemes from the perspective of independent living. The checklist was created by ENIL to help advocates around the world to fight for better PA and to monitor the […]

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Recent employment law case: Self-employed carer joins the “employment” family

You may have heard about a recent court case relating to employment status, which is particularly relevant as it specifically applies to the care work force, and the use of an introduction agency.  Anthony Collins Solicitors have summarised the case here and note the following key points for those involved in the sector: The fact that […]

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Goodmoves offer reduced rate for individuals and charities placing PA adverts.

Goodmoves is a recruitment platform for jobs within the Civil Society, Charity and Voluntary Sector in Scotland and the only dedicated jobs website in Scotland which is run by a charity. They are offering a new reduced rate for individuals booking personal assistant adverts directly: Individuals booking directly – £80 (plus VAT) per advert Charities booking […]

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National Minimum Wage and Sleepover: Legal Ruling

Legal Issues – ‘Sleep-in’ shifts and the National Minimum Wage You might have heard of the recent Court of Appeal Judgement on the outcome of paying care staff the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for sleep-ins. There is now a useful description of the Court Judgement and what this means for staff working sleepovers and the employers […]

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Administration of Medication Event: Guidelines for PAs

  Personal Assistants may often be supporting people to take or manage their medication. This can be from the beginning of a support arrangement or be something that comes up after a period of ill health. This event is an opportunity to discuss the idea of creating Guidelines that would support PAs and their employers […]

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Personal Assistant (PA) Survey

Personal Assistant (PA) Survey by Strathclyde University Strathclyde University are undertaking a survey to look at the experience of working as a Personal Assistant in Scotland, as well as how the role of a PA can support innovation and achieving the Personal Outcomes that are important to the PA Employer. The survey is based on […]

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PAssport to Independent Living – Self Directed Support – our lives, our choices

Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living (GCIL), the PA Network Scotland and SSSC worked together on producing the ‘PAssport to Independent Living’ book, highlighting the work that PAs do and the relationship they have with their employers and Self Directed Support. This is a collection of stories that shines a light on a very special partnership. The relationship between […]

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Updated Information for PA Employers – PA pay rates

At SDSS we know that the world of PA employment is always changing, so here is a round up of a few key recent developments: The Living Wage Increase: In May 2017, the Living Wage went up to £8.45 per hour. Should I pay my PA the Living Wage? The Scottish Government and Local Government […]

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New Research into PA Relationships: Positive but there can be challenges

This study aims to understand the relationships of power, ethics and emotions which underlie the PA model, by gathering and analysing qualitative data. The project looked at what made a good PA relationship, how it can go wrong, and how to maximise good employment relationships. Most importantly, the research addresses the key question of how disabled people […]

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