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Welcome to this free OpenLearn course, Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland, developed by The Open University with the support of the Scottish Government. If you are interested in the rapidly changing context of health and social care in Scotland – and elsewhere in the United Kingdom, as well as internationally – then this informative and thought-provoking course is for you.
The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 came into force in April 2014. This course will help you understand the origins of this legislation, the principles that it is based on and its potential to enable citizens to become active participants in designing, selecting and using care and support services.
We have recently updated and improved this course so that it considers self-directed support for both children and adults. If you had already begun to study the previous edition of the course you will see some other changes. These include the order in which you study sessions and the general look and feel of the website. Study materials about adults and self-directed support are substantially the same as in the previous edition, so your previous study should not be adversely affected. You may need a short time to adjust to changes to navigating the new website. If you need advice about this please contact our Learning Development Team Scotlandemail@example.com, and they will be able to offer further guidance.
Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland is designed to be used in any way that suits you – you may want to study all six sections in sequence, or pick and choose the sections that particularly interest you. If you choose to study the whole unit it will take you between 40 and 60 hours, and a single unit will involve seven to nine hours of study. The course, available since 2013, was updated in 2014 to address personalisation and self-directed support in relation to children and young people as well as adults: you can choose to study either or both these aspects of personalisation.
Whether you are, for example, a service user, carer or a professional such as social worker, support worker, personal assistant, classroom assistant or nurse, the course will enable you to reflect on and broaden your understanding of personalisation.
The unit has six sections, which can be studied in any order:
- Understanding personalisation and its history
- Making personalisation happen: Co-production
- Outcomes based thinking
- Personalisation and risk
- Working together for personalisation.
The course includes a wide range of activities, the option to record reflections in a learning log and a series of short quizzes to allow you to check out your progress. If you complete the whole course you will be able to download a Statement of Participation.
After studying this unit you should be aware of:
- the origins and development of personalisation in the UK and Scotland, and its relationship with the policy of self-directed support in Scotland
- some of the tensions and challenges associated with moving towards personalised services in Scotland
- some different ways of thinking about personalisation for adults and for children
- the role of co-production (making things happen together) in personalisation of services
- the nature, impact and challenges of moving to an outcomes-based approach to services
- different ways of viewing perceived and actual risks associated with personalisation
- the relationship between citizens’ changing needs for care and support, and the nature, size and role of the care workforce in Scotland
- the importance of services working together for personalisation in Scotland, and some of the challenges associated with joint working.
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Originally published: Tuesday, 12th April 2016
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