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Report: Self-directed Support in Scotland: Capturing the experience of people living with dementia.

A report produced by Community Catalysts, captures the experience of people living with dementia and their carers and how Self-directed Support has worked for them. For the purposes of this report in depth interviews with 5 people were undertaken and their experiences of SDS recorded, their stories form the backbone of this report. The report […]

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Audit Scotland report: Health and social care integration: update on progress

Audit Scotland have recently a new report on the progress and status of Health and social care integration. Their own summary states: ‘While some improvements have been made to the delivery of health and social care services, Integration Authorities, councils and NHS boards need to show a stronger commitment to collaborative working to achieve the real […]

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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 […]

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Social Work Scotland Report: ‘Best Practice and Local Authority Progress in Self-Directed Support.’

Social Work Scotland have recently released a report that aims to share good practice examples and promote learning between local authority areas and across different fields of practice. 15 of the 32 Scottish local authorities came forward to offer evidence and examples of best practice in SDS implementation as follows: Angus The City of Edinburgh […]

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Self-Directed Support and People Living with Dementia

Alzheimer Scotland are conducting a short survey to find out more about what is happening locally from organisations involved directly in supporting people with self-directed support, so that they can further support and guide people living with dementia and their families regarding Self-Directed Support. This could be for example about providing information about organisations who can […]

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Research on SDS Implementation published

Providers and Personalisation: New Research report into the Barriers and Enablers for Self-directed Support implementation. Their Report covered 5 Local Authority areas and they interviewed 35 people with roles ranging across strategic, operational, commissioning and front-line positions, from a range of urban and rural areas. Their conclusions of the Barriers to SDS Implementation include: Internal barriers […]

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New SDSS Research Officer: Dianne Theakstone

Meet our new Research Officer: Dianne Theakstone Hi, I’m Dianne Theakstone and I’ve recently joined the SDSS team. My best buddy (who you can see in the picture) is Merlin, my 2 year old, very mischievous black lab guide dog. I come from a research background that focuses upon co-production methodology with disabled people and exploring […]

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New Carers Research reveals impact and lack of support for Carers

  ‘Supporting Carers to be Healthy and Connected’ – Research Summary for Carers Week 2018 Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. The survey findings are based upon the 6,828 responses to the […]

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Sustainability and SDS Report: Challenges, Learning and Resources

This resource shares the learning, tools and tips generated by a programme of workshops on sustainability, centred on the Lasting Difference toolkit. The programme ran from August 2017 to January 2018, involving 52 people from 28 organisations across Scotland. It was hosted by Scottish Government, who had funded the participating organisations to support the implementation […]

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 Scottish Government Report: ‘Are they involving us? Integration Authorities engagement with stakeholders’, where are we now?

In September 2017 The Health and Sport Committee at the Scottish Government undertook a short inquiry to assess the extent to which stakeholders (including the public, the service users, the third sector and the independent sector) are being involved effectively in the work of Integration Authorities and Integrated Joint Boards. The Public Bodies (Joint Working) […]

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