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Implementation Plan Working Group

August 2, 2022

Self Directed Support Strategy 2010-2020: Implementation Plan 2023 – 2026

Working Group Terms of Reference


The National SDS Collaboration has now met four times since its inception in April 2022. Its general purpose is as follows:

National stakeholders collaborate with each other across Scotland on improvement activities for Self-directed Support to ensure that people with lived experience and unpaid carers can fully exercise choice and control in their support and care.   The National Collaboration also provides a means to channel the voice of national stakeholders to influence Scottish Government developments around Self-directed Support.

Following discussion within the group focused on the absence of a strategic driver, since the expiration of the National SDS Strategy Implementation Plan in 2021, agreement was reached with Scottish Government for the group to develop a revised Implementation Plan. As Social Work Scotland is currently funded to bridge the implementation gap, with Self-Directed Support Scotland funded to support the revision of SDS policy; both will facilitate this development through the SDS National Collaboration, through cross sector engagement with all relevant stakeholders.


The key function of the Implementation Plan Working Group is to develop a National Self-Directed Support Implementation plan, based on the Self-Directed Support Strategy, to ensure cohesive implementation of SDS. This will support the transition from the current situation to the point of delivery of the National Care Service, dovetailing with the objectives and delivery vehicles therein and influencing that development. The group will do this by:

  • identifying the role of each stakeholder
  • Identifying delivery structures, and how they connect to implement good practice
  • Conducting a review of the previous implementation plan structure, identifying gaps and future need
  • Focus on three established main delivery components: Leaders and systems, Workforce, People
  • Establishing the means to understand progress, through Social Work Scotland’s SDS Community of Practice and other sources of evidence
  • Identifying the required elements of a comprehensive and integrated data gathering and management system, to feed into national planning

Frequency of meetings

  • The National SDS Collaboration will continue to meet on a monthly basis. Facilitated discussion with the National SDS Collaboration group will review the existing document, identify gaps and future need and areas of work.
  • A steering group will identify a work plan from and adopt a subgroup approach to drive this forward, each subgroup working on a specific area, linking with wider partners and the Community of Practice. Some of this development may also dovetail with that of the existing PA Programme Board, as an element of workforce. Frequency of meetings to be identified by the steering group, with subgroup chairs reporting to this group.


  • Membership of the National SDS Collaboration is proposed to bring together key stakeholders responsible for SDS implementation.
  • Membership is representative, with each member having a responsibility for collective representation. To manage numbers, we ask that only the named person attends unless they nominate a representative to take their place. Some groups may choose to rotate attendance to represent the sector.


SDSS has agreed to develop a webpage to host all National Collaboration related documents, news and discussion items, with a link to the SDS Discussion Forums, including any Implementation Plan related materials.


It is critical to successful delivery that the steering group works closely with Scottish Government and COSLA to ensure joint ownership. It is also critical that the implementation plan identifies achievable developments, in acknowledgement of the current implementation gap.


Secretariat for the Working Group will be provided by Social Work Scotland. The Chief Executive of Self-Directed Support Scotland will chair the National Collaboration and Steering Group. The notes from each meeting are not a verbatim account of discussions but rather simply record the key points discussed and will be drafted in a non-attributable manner. Bullet points and actions to be circulated after each meeting. Proposed meeting protocol

Proposed meeting protocol

Meetings are expected to last no more than 2 hours

Members may suggest stakeholders and other interested parties to provide input, evidence or views where appropriate

Members should agree delivery timelines for key areas of work

National SDS Collaboration members will feed back to their relevant organisations on a quarterly basis TBC

Additional Scottish Government Policy representatives across relevant policy areas will be invited to join the Working Group on an ad-hoc basis, determined by themes due to be discussed.

The National SDS Collaboration will carry out wider consultation events as necessary to consult, inform, and gather greater understanding on particular issues




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