Fife Council has asked for support as it rolls out the implementation of SDS from three pilot sites (people already receiving personal budgets; young people at transition to adult services; and people previously at a day centre) to a range of other groups including residential and respite care.
Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, explores culture change in relation to self-directed support. He talks about the need for a clear vision based on the principles of human rights as a driver for successful change.
Event to start a dialogue between individuals, the third sector, statutory agencies and the Scottish Government on the connection between self-directed support and an integrated health and social care system. It aims to focus on identifying key actions to progress the personalisation agenda for health and social care services and self-directed support.
IRISS is a partner in an event organised by the ALLIANCE, Care and Support Providers Scotland, Self-Directed Support Scotland, Lothian Centre for Independent Living, Independent Living in Scotland and the Joint Improvement Team, to explore the future of self-directed support within an integrated health and social care system.
IRISS has a temporary vacancy for a flexible and versatile individual to join the company on a fixed-term, part-time basis to develop and deliver work around self-directed support (SDS) in Scotland.
Traditional approaches to improving well-being, reducing health inequalities and achieving other social goals have focused on the deficits and problems of individuals and communities. In contrast, using an approach that values assets identifies the skills, strengths, capacity and knowledge of individuals and the social capital of communities. This can provide a different story of place that is a positive and outcome focused picture, that values what works well and where health and well-being is thriving.
In 2006–09, the Department of Health funded a three-year project in England led by NAAPS (now known as Shared Lives) to test a business model designed to support and stimulate the development of a range of micro care and support services.
As self-directed support is implemented in Scotland, there are opportunities for the marketplace of provision to greatly diversify. Building on the work by NAAPS, IRISS will deliver a scoping project focusing on the following questions.
Following on from our Evidence Explorers work, Pilotlight is an inclusive programme that brings together a range of people to research and design some of the different pathways to self-directed support. The programme will deliver four pathways for providers over two years, and is part of the wider Changing Support, Changing Lives partnership. The pathways will be co-designed, and will be developed in partnership with others.