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Personal Assistants Programme Board Workplan

The Personal Assistants Programme Board Workplan is a live document and opens as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. You must have Excel to view the page. If you need alternative access to the workplan, please email us The workplan has 3 tabs – the first is the objectives and outcomes, the second is a summary view […]

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Personal Assistant Newsletter March 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 […]

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Annual PA Workforce Survey

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, […]

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New listing for Personal Assistants Jobs across Scotland

A new opportunity to advertise PA roles across Scotland My Job Scotland have now created a listing for Personal Assistant jobs across Scotland that are being advertised by local organisations. If you are a group or organisation that advertises PA roles in your area, you can ask to have your details added to the My […]

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Developing the Personal Assistant Handbook: looking for PA involvement

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 […]

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Social Care: Scottish Government PVG Waiver

Social Care Workforce newstarts to benefit from Scottish Government PVG waiver When any new people start to work in social care in Scotland, they are likely to have to register with the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme run by Disclosure Scotland. This is a way for  employers to check whether there is anything preventing a […]

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Personal Assistant pay uplift

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 […]

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Your views on self-employed PAs

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 […]

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Supporting the role of Personal Assistants

SDSS and the Scottish Personal Assistant Employers Network (SPAEN) are working with the Scottish Government to understand how we can develop and support Personal Assistants (PAs) in Scotland. We’re looking for existing PAs and PA employers to share their knowledge, experience, and ideas to ensure that we get this right for everyone. Please join us […]

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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 […]

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