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“We are at the tipping point of a cultural change towards self-care as a way of life and work”, says Dr Pete Smith of the Self Care Forum, “but for change to happen we must work collaboratively with each other and with people and patients.” To share ways in which…
Scotland’s social care support system increasingly risks cracking under the strain, as demand rises and funding fails to keep pace, to the potential detriment of thousands of disabled people and their families. Responding to these concerns, this week saw the launch of a 'Statement of Ambition' on the future for…
Your Options Understood (Y.O.U.) is a resource that offers independent advice to those living with a disability, as well as parents and carers. It was set-up by Dr Danielle Farrel to share her own experiences of life with a disability and to show that having a disability does not necessarily…
Pilotlight, an Iriss project, works with co-design teams of people who use and deliver services across Scotland to design pathways to self-directed support (SDS). Using a design approach, it aims to demonstrate how to design support for seldom heard groups, provide more personalised and appropriate services, and increase the marketplace…
Over the past three years, Pilotlight has brought together commissioners, deliverers and users of services to research and design some of the different pathways to self-directed support. With its new round of funding, the team is keen to explore the opportunities that self-directed support offers to plan creatively for transitions…
The Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability (SCLD) has launched a new performance improvement resource for service providers. Progress in Personalisation is a self-assessment framework that helps provider organisations measure the progress they are making towards delivering personalised support. In the move towards self-directed support (SDS), this tool will not only…
A new service being delivered by Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS), in partnership with Glasgow and West of Scotland Housing Forum is open for referrals. Community Connectors aims to people over 60 and their carers, with improved links to local services, facilities and activities, by providing them with…
The Scottish Government has launched guidance for Local Authority financial officers on Self-directed Support. Launching the guidance, Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, said: “Along with health and social care integration, Self-directed Support is part of a package of public sector reform policies which require…
As leaders from the nine Integrated Personal Commissioning demonstrator sites meet to share early learning, Dr Linda Collie, Clinical Executive at NHS Portsmouth CCG, explains how working together with Portsmouth City Council and Age UK Portsmouth is enabling older people with complex health needs to become the real experts in…
The website Care Information Scotland for people who access care in Scotland, and their carers, has been upgraded and offers a range of new services. The online and telephone service, which first launched in 2010, has now been expanded to provide accessible, quality-assured information to all carers, those being cared…
Changes to social care law mean that people will now have a personal budget based on an assessment of their needs. The City of Edinburgh Council wants to hear views on how they work out how people make a contribution to their personal budget. The consultation offers some background and…
Peer support has great potential to boost person centred care and is greatly valued by people who take part in it says Nesta and National Voices as they launch the review Peer Support: What Is It and Does It Work? There is evidence that peer support can help people feel…
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