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The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) has produced a new resource aimed at supporting people using Self-directed Support (SDS). The Pilotlight resource sets out to lead thinking on SDS for people across Scotland and has co-designed four pathways to focusing on mental health, risk, self-employment and…
Major changes to the way people’s needs are assessed to decide if they need a package of care and support in Wales have been unveiled by Health and Social Services Minister, Mark Drakeford. Under the changes, the rules for social care eligibility are to be simplified so that people receive…
Outside the Box have two new reports to share from ‘Getting There’: a project which aimed to help smaller, user-led providers be more ready for the implementation of Self-directed support (SDS). Permission to Dream 2015: a report from an event held in March, which focused on how SDS was working…
Scotland's Chief Statistician today published ‘Free Personal and Nursing Care, Scotland 2013-14’. This statistics release presents information on the number of people benefiting from free personal care and free nursing care in Scotland and how much Local Authorities spend on personal care services. Some of the notable statistics included in…
The Self-directed Support (SDS) and Gypsy/Travellers research report presents the findings of a one-year research project, funded by the Scottish Government, exploring the potential of SDS to meet the care and support needs of Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland. The research sought, using community based approaches, to explore what appetite exists for…
The Scottish Government has launched a new version of the Self-directed Support (SDS) website. Self-directed Support allows people, their carers and their families to make informed choices on what their support looks like and how it is delivered, making it possible to meet agreed personal outcomes. SDS can be used…
A new website providing guidance to social care providers on self-directed support is now live. Providers and Personalisation has been working with providers from across Scotland to develop a national guide for support providers on self-directed support (SDS). Funded by the Scottish Government, Support Me Support You showcases good practice…
The Self Directed Support (SDS) web portal has been updated and new links to resources have been added since SDS legislation was introduced last year. The portal has been designed for all members of the health and social care workforce in Scotland to access quality assured information on self directed…
Ensuring that the health and wellbeing of Edinburgh’s half a million residents is protected is not a job that we take lightly. Edinburgh Council’s Health and Social Care department this year has a budget of just over £203 million to deliver support for people with learning and physical disabilities, older…
An audit report in Scotland said that councils had started to make changes to social care, but progress in implementing self-directed support had been mixed among councils, and they had adopted different methods of allocating social care spending. It said that the risks and advantages associated with each model needed…
The new Social Care (Self-Directed Support)(Scotland) Act 2013 came into force last month and there are a new suite of materials and resources available to support it's launch. You can find the statutory guidance to accompany the legislation here and there are a range of supporting apps available for free…
Spending on free personal care for elderly people living at home in Scotland has increased by more than 160% since the flagship policy was introduced, with the bill reaching almost £350 million in 2012-13. The number of pensioners receiving personal care - which includes help with washing and dressing -…
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