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For the latest newletter from the PA Programme Board please click on the link below - 

Personal Assistant Newsletter June 2022 - Self Directed Support Scotland | Self Directed Support Scotland (sdsscotland.org.uk)

 

Adult Social Care Pay Uplift – Guidance for the Personal Assistant Workforce
 
What does this guidance relate to?
 
An increase in Self-Directed Support (SDS) Option 1 Budgets will take place which will allow for a pay uplift for the Personal Assistant workforce. There will also be an uplift to Independent Living Fund Scotland (ILF Scotland) budgets from April to allow for a pay uplift for Personal Assistants.
 
Who does it apply to?
 
This uplift is for directly paid Personal Assistants (PAs) providing assistance for adults who are individuals with assessed needs.
 
The Personal Assistant workforce receives their payment for the vital support they provide to enable the adult to live independently. A PA is eligible for this uplift if they are directly paid by the social care support recipient or the person who is acting for a social care support recipient, who receives funds to pay PAs from Independent Living Fund Scotland or from a Local Authority or Health and Social Care Partnership through Option 1 Social Care (Self Directed Support) Act 2013
 
This funding will enable pay for these workers to be uplifted from at least £10.02 per hour to at least £10.50 per hour. Where PAs are already paid more than £10.50 per hour, this funding should be used to increase pay above these levels. All funding should be spent on uplifting pay. Local Authorities and ILF Scotland will write to PA employers to advise them of these changes and to inform them of the purpose of this uplift.
 
How will the uplift be applied to SDS Option 1 budgets?
 
On 1 April 2022, when the £10.50 per hour pay uplift will come into effect, the UK Government Health and Social Care Levy will also come into effect which will require an increase in employer’s National Insurance Contributions (eNICs) of 1.25%. This is a statutory requirement.
 
When will the uplift be applied from?
 
This funding will take effect from 1 April 2022. Local Government and Integration Joint Boards (IJBs) and ILF Scotland will be working at pace to deliver this and local commissioning teams have confirmed that they expect most payments to be made across May and June. Funding will be back dated and provided for all hours worked from 1 April 2022.
 
What should a PA employer do if they haven’t received this uplift?
 
PA employers should contact their Local Authority or ILF Scotland
 
 

My Job Scotland website now has a page dedicated to Personal Assistant vacancies across Scotland. The page has recently been created and provides a comprehensive overview of what a PA in Scotland is and how to find work. All organisations with links to PA vacancies are welcome to have their websites linked to this page.

The page can be found by clicking on the following link - 

Personal Assistant Jobs | myjobscotland

The page will continually be updated as it evolves.

The Scottish Social Service Council (SSSC) in conjunction with NHS Education have launched a National Induction Framework.

The framework is aimed at helping to increase awareness and increase the knowledge and skills of all social care workers, there are many things that Personal Assistants can learn about their own role. Please click on either of the links below and take a look. The Framework will be updated as progress is made.

NES comms:

https://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/news/new-induction-resource-for-adult-social-care/. 

SSSC comms:

https://news.sssc.uk.com/news/new-induction-resource-for-adult-social-care. 

WHAT DOES THIS GUIDANCE RELATE TO - 

An increase in Self-Directed Support (SDS) Option 1 budgets will take place which will allow for a pay uplift for the Personal Assistant workforce. There will also be an uplift to Independent Living Fund Scotland (ILF Scotland) budgets from December to allow for a pay uplift for Personal Assistants

WHY IS THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT PROVIDING THIS FUNDING - 

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 provided to uplift pay for workers delivering direct care and support within Adult Social Care commissioned services. This funding will enable pay for these workers to be uplifted from at least £9.50 per hour to at least £10.02 per hour.

WHO DOES IT APPLY TO - 

This uplift should be delivered to Personal Assistants (PAs) providing support for adults. The Personal Assistant workforce is paid by individuals with assessed needs, for whom they provide vital support to enable them to live independently. A PA is eligible for this uplift if they are directly paid by the social care support recipient or the person who is acting for a social care support recipient, who receives funds to pay PAs from Independent Living Fund Scotland or from a Local Authority or Health and Social Care Partnership through Option 1 Social Care (Self Directed Support) Act 2013

HOW SHOULD IT BE SPENT - 

This funding is to be spent to uplift the pay of Personal Assistants and associated workforce costs including National Insurance and pension contribution on-costs.

This funding will enable pay for these workers to be uplifted from at least £9.50 per hour to at least £10.02 per hour. Where PAs are already paid more than £10.02 per hour, this funding should be used to increase pay above these levels. All funding should be spent on uplifting pay.

Local Authorities and ILF Scotland will write to PA employers to advise them of these changes and to inform them of the purpose of this uplift.

WHEN WILL THE UPLIFT APPLY - 

This funding will take effect from 1 December 2021.

Local Government and Integration Joint Boards (IJBs) will be working at pace to deliver this and best endeavours will be made to get this funding to PA employers in December to allow for payment in December salaries. Where this is not possible, funding will be back dated and provided for all hours worked from 1 December 2021. All payments will be made before or during February 2022.

ILF Scotland has written to all of their fund recipients to inform them that their award will increase from 1 December 2021.

WINTER RESPONSE – SELF- ISOLATION FOR SOCIAL CARE STAFF

Within social care a high number of staff isolating would put additional pressure on already fragile services, therefore, we would like to emphasise that current guidance for social care (and healthcare staff) should still be applied as follows - 

This existing isolation policy for staff who are household or passing contacts of covid-19 positive cases, exempts them from the requirement to self-isolate for 10 days when they: 

  • are double-vaccinated
  • are asymptomatic and remain asymptomatic
  • undertake PCR test (which returns a negative test result before returning to work)
  • undertake daily LFD testing for the remainder of the 10 day period.

An important addition to this is that staff must be double vaccinated and have had their booster

 

A very interesting read from the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland written by the Chief Executive of SDSS and co-chair of the PA Programme Board Donald Macleod. How do we ensure we get it right for PAs looking to the future?

To read the full article please click on the link below - 

Future of Social Care - Getting it right for PAs - Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (alliance-scotland.org.uk) 

 

We are delighted to be a part of the PA Programme Board that has been set up with the aim of identifying 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 like to make sure that as many people with lived experience of being a PA employer, or a PA, can be involved in setting the agenda and workplan for the Board. To do this, there will be three engagement sessions facilitated by an organisation called Matter of Focus. Matter of Focus specialise in supporting organisations to collect information and use this to show how they meet their outcomes and goals. The dates for these sessions will be on:

  • Friday 24 September: 10am – 12:30pm
  • Friday 1 October: 10am – 12:30pm
  • Friday 8 October: 10am – 12:30pm

We would like people to be able to attend all three sessions, but if this was not possible, it would still be great to have you there for one or two sessions.

The Scottish Government are keen to attract experienced people to apply for social care vacancies and would like to put out the following message - 

 “The COVID pandemic has made it clearer than ever that we have a highly professional and dedicated world-class social care workforce in Scotland. Throughout the pandemic, the social care workforce has worked tirelessly to continue providing vital care and support in our communities.

 We acknowledge and appreciate the important role that Personal Assistants have played over the last 18 months and given your previous social care experience, skills and the appropriate qualifications, we would like to share with you, a link to wide range of posts are that are currently available including sessional, part-time and fulltime roles.

 To find out more about current vacancies please go the My Job Scotland website https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/social-care.

Resource launched to help disabled people employ their own support staff

Self Directed Support Scotland has launched an update of the Personal Assistant (PA) Employer Handbook, first published by the Scottish Government in 2014. We are delighted to have contributed to this excellent resource. Personal Assistants can also source some useful information within the handbook.

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 Option 1 of SDS have access to consistent and good-quality information at all stages of their employer journey.

Being a PA employer allows someone using SDS to exercise the maximum amount of choice and control over the support they need. It enables them to choose the people that support them, at a time that is right and in a way that works well for them. Becoming a PA Employer also involves responsibility, sometimes requiring further information and support.

The Fair Work in Social Care Group is working to establish a basic understanding of effective voice within the voluntary, third and independent sectors. The definition of effective voice is the ability of employees to express their views, opinions, concerns and suggestions, and for these to influence decisions at work.

The task of the Social Care Group is to recommend a minimum set of standards for effective voice for those working in social care, in line with the principles of Fair Work.

Free Learning Opportunities for Direct Payment Personal Assistants.

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