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Getting it right for PAs

SDSS Chief Executive, Donald Macleod, has written an opinion piece for the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE). In his blog post, ‘Future of Social Care – Getting it right for PAs’, Donald reflects on the work being done by the recently formed Personal Assistant (PA) Programme Board, proposals from the National Care […]

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Feedback from the PA workshops

Following the three Matter of Focus facilitated workshops for Personal Assistants (PAs) and employers, as part of the PA Programme Board, a feedback meeting will take place on Thursday 25 November. The meeting has been arranged to report on the outcome of the workshops and allow those who participated, and others who couldn’t attend, to […]

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Personal Assistant Programme Board

Workshop opportunities for Personal Assistants (PAs) and employers.  SDS Scotland is supporting the work of the Personal Assistant (PA) Programme Board, which aims to identify potential solutions to ensure that PAs become integrated into the social care workforce with the same recognition, rights and support as every other worker. As part of this work, we’d […]

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Self-employed Personal Assistants’ survey

Share your insight into self-employed Personal Assistants We are looking to better understand the experiences of self-employed PAs and those who contract or work alongside them. By sharing your experience, you can help inform a report which will bring together the sector’s views of the benefits, responsibilities, legalities and risks. Our survey will be open […]

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PA Bonus

A dedicated online and paper based application form, administered by Scotland Excel on behalf of the Scottish Government, launched on Wed 30 June 2021 to pay Personal Assistants who are eligible to receive their £500 payment for NHS and Social Care staff. The Scottish Government has worked with disabled people led organisations and payroll providers […]

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PA Employer Handbook launched

Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) is proud to launch an update of the Personal Assistant (PA) Employer Handbook, first published by the Scottish Government in 2014. https://paemployer.handbook.scot/ With thousands of PA employers across the country, and with tens of thousands of people accessing Self-directed Support (SDS), it’s important that both current and potential employers under […]

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Scottish Government bonus for Personal Assistants (PAs) – progress update

The Scottish Government has provided an update on the Personal Assistant (PA) bonus. You can read the letter to PAs here.  The Scottish Government has published answers to Frequently Asked Questions asked by health and social care staff which includes updated details on eligibility. Further updates will be published to the FAQs page as and […]

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Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020 – Guide for enrolled bodies

Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020, a Handy Guide for Enrolled Bodies A really handy Guide for Enrolled Bodies has been produced by Disclosure Scotland and Volunteer Scotland. The guide has been created to help people understand how the Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020 will work in practice, by: Identifying the Key Changes that the Act creates The […]

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Personal Assistant COVID-19 Testing – workshops

Expansion of testing to adult care at home (Adult Day Centres/services; Sheltered Housing and Multiple Occupancies; Personal Assistants; wider Care at Home staff) To support the expansion of testing to the above staff and settings, the Scottish Government has arranged a number of online workshops for providers and staff in the sector. These will provide […]

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Scottish Government Vaccination Programme Update (Jan 2021)

New Vaccination Update from 1 January 2021: Including Priority Groups The Chief Medical Officer for Scotland has issued an updated letter about the arrangements being made for the COVID-19 vaccination programme. The letter focuses on: the timescale for second doses of the vaccine; a phased approach to vaccinations; further information and resources for staff, carer […]

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