Conference, July '17

delegates listen to speakers
chair and two speakers

The presentations from our conference are available now - see our member's page.

You'll need to be logged in - if you've forgotten your password you can reset it through the website.  If you've never had access to the website please let us know. We'll drop you an email explaining how to get in. 



Follow up from 2017 conference

Dawn Wakeling presents
Simon Stockton presents
delegate asks a question
Networking and discussion



At our conference leading experts in self directed support presented and debated about the theory and practice of integration.  



We had a great great range of speakers including Dawn Wakeling (Director of Adult Social Services, LB Barnet); Simon Stockton (Integrated Personal Commissioning lead for London, NHS England); Belinda Schwehr (Care and Health Law);  Katherine Wynne and Roger Lightbown (Independent Lives) and David Ashley (Mark Bates Ltd.).



You missed a good day if you aren't a member yet! You need not miss out altogether however, if you join us as a member - the presentations will then be available to you on the member's page. There is also a report being written as we speak, which will be available early August.



Here are a few images from the day.




VACANCY Support Planner in Tower Hamlets

There is an immediate vacancy for a Support Planner within Real's Independent Living Support Service. The work involves support planning for Tower Hamlets CCG Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme.

21hrs per week, ideally delivered over three days, however this is negotiable.

The salary is £29,949.00 pro rata.

Please see the attached for full details and how to apply.

Contact Jackie Jones, Independent Living Support Service Coordinator, for more information and details

0781 2756886, 

Useful Downloads: 


Rates and thresholds for employers 2017/18

The rates and thresholds for employers for the next year are now available on Find them at

Most notable is the 30p raise in the so-called National Living Wage to £7.50, for employees aged 25 or over. 

But it's always good to know the difference between your lower earnings limits and your primary threshold and important to know what the personal allowance is. See all the rates in one place, in one click. 

What we do and how we do it

Increasingly we've had people from areas outside London ask us 'why isn't there anything like this where I am?' 

So as an independent network of people who deal with frontline issues in self-directed support in both social and health care we're offering to share our experience of running the Forum with people in other areas of the country.

We can:

  • Lead a session describing the Forum and its strengths and explore how you could do similarly your area
  • Lead a technical session for organisations that support people who employ personal assistants (PAs) on some of the practical issues PA employers face.
  • Facilitate a half-day event, adding external speakers to the sessions above, exploring areas of practical expertise, tailoring it to your area and the particular issues you face.

We’ve been running for over 20 years, largely through volunteers whose own everyday work is in self directed support. We have built up considerable expertise and experience in running events, keeping up to date with developing issues and maintaining a lively programme of topics and speakers. As an independent network, we’re proud of our ability to question and highlight issues that our practical expertise tells us aren’t necessarily going to plan and then try to find solutions.

We will not override local expertise. On the contrary, having seen the benefit of meeting regularly to discuss, network and learn we’d like to support existing services to work better together.

If this is something you would be interested in, please contact Peter Gay at the London SDS Forum by emailing 


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