Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland
Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

3.12 Investigative task

Activity 3.11: Exploring outcomes-based thinking

(Allow about one hour)

The final part of this section provides a number of learning activities that will enable you to explore different aspects of outcomes-based thinking and personalisation in Scotland.

There are three possible investigations for you to follow up. You may want to look at an aspect of outcomes-based thinking that particularly relates to your role and interests, or expand your knowledge of other, less familiar, perspectives. If you have time, you may want to pursue all three lines of inquiry. There are no comments or ‘answers’ to these investigations because they are all topical areas and will change and develop over coming months and years as the way personalisation is understood and implemented in Scotland develops. Use your learning log [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] to record your reflections on what you find, and if possible, take opportunities to discuss what you are learning with others such as friends, colleagues, managers and family members.

  1. The experience of self-directed support in Scotland: As part of its activities to promote self-directed support, the Scottish Government selected three local authorities – Dumfries & Galloway, the City of Glasgow, and Highland – to address three themes in order to increase the uptake of self-directed support. The three themes were leadership and training, cutting red tape, and bridging finance. Explore the evaluation of these three test sites and use your learning log to note down your ideas about the benefits and challenges of moving from needs-based, service-led approaches to outcomes-based personalisation approaches. This will help to broaden your knowledge of personalisation in different contexts in Scotland.
  2. Outcomes-based thinking in practice: You may want the chance to think in more detail about what outcomes-based thinking in relation to adults means in practice – how, for example, does assessment of need differ from assessment for outcomes? The Joint Improvement Team of the Scottish Government has a range of reports and guides on its website that you can explore. Its web page includes links to, for example, a practical guide to the Talking Points Outcomes Framework, staff development and leadership material to help implement the Framework, and sample tools for assessment, care/support planning and review. Alternatively you might want to think about exploring Getting it Right for Every Child and the SHANARRI outcomes in more detail. Looking at some of these materials will help to bring to life some of the debates about outcomes in this section.
  3. Self-management in health care: Find out more about what is happening in health care in Scotland in relation to outcomes-based approaches and self-management by exploring the NHS Education for Scotland: Self-management website . The site provides learning activities, case studies and other resources to support an understanding of how the principles of personalisation and outcomes-based thinking form part of the increasing move towards the principles of self-management.

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