Consultation on an SDS Strategy for Highlands

Consultation on Self Directed Support (SDS) Strategy for Highlands:

NHS Highland and the Highland Council have come together with local stakeholders to develop a draft  Self-directed Support Strategy for the Highlands.

This is an opportunity to influence the content of the overall Strategy, as well as being involved in the implementation of that Strategy in practise.

Self-directed Support is about giving people the choice, control and flexibility over the support and resources that they need to ensure that they can live an ordinary life.

With this in mind, NHS Highland and the Highland Council, supported by local and national partners, are keen to set out a new approach to providing SDS. They want to hear from anyone with an interest in the development and implementation of SDS locally.

Their vision is for services to be caring, enabling, promoting of equality and person centered, meaning that peoples’s support is planned around their individual needs and what is important to them.

The consultation sets out a suggested new vision and approach to providing SDS in Highlands and will take place in a range of different ways, including:

There are a number of different ways that you can get involved and share your views, including:

There will also be a range of online Focus Group discussions, for:

  • People using social care services
  • Carers
  • Provider organisations
  • Social Work staff
  • Personal Assistants
  • People with mental health needs
  • People with learning difficulties
  • People receiving direct payments and employing their own PAs

If you would like any more information, or a paper copy of the survey, or would like someone to call you back to discuss the consultation you can contact Karen at NHS Highland via email: or call and leave a message on (01463) 704715

The consultation lasts from Monday 5 July until the end of August 2021.

If you’d like to be discuss any aspect of the Consultation process, or to arrange a Focus Group for a particular group of people you know, just get in touch and we can discuss things further.

My contact details are:

Mark Han-Johnston (Membership Development Executive)

Tel: 07775 065653


Look forward to hearing from you.

Self Directed Support Scotland

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