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SDSS and the ALLIANCE research ‘My Support, My Choice’

The ‘My Support My Choice’ research has its origins in a 2016 pilot study conducted by Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) which explored service users’ experiences of Self-directed Support in 3 local authority areas in Scotland. The literature review for ‘My Support My Choice’ indicates that little is known about how disabled people and their families feel about the various options available under Self-directed Support nor, the journey through which disabled people and their families undergo in order to access suitable support.

Between June 2018-March 2019, Self Directed Support Scotland and Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (The ALLIANCE) are running a project entitled ‘My Support My Choice’. This project will examine user experiences of Self-directed Support across 8 local authority areas in Scotland and the research questions are:

1. Are new and re-assessed social care users being given all of the relevant information about options available to them under SDS, and is this done in a way that is supportive and accessible?

2. Are people aware of and able to access advice and support from other agencies to help them to make an informed choice and to set up their preferred arrangements?

3. Are people able to access care and support arrangements that are flexible and tailored to meet their own personally-defined outcomes?

4. To what extent are people able to obtain non-conventional forms of social care?