5.3 Self-directed support in Scotland
Here we give you an opportunity to refresh your understanding about self-directed support, an expression of the move towards personalisation in health, social care and other services in Scotland.
Self-directed support enables people to have control and choice over the way funding for their assessed needs is used. The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 provides four options for self-directed support, set out in the figure below:
Whatever the chosen route, three principles must underpin all aspects of assessment (which may include self-assessment), provision of support, monitoring and review.
Direct payments have been around for some time in Scotland and until now, as you learnt in Section 1 , their uptake has been quite low. The Act makes self-directed support and its principles central to social care provision in Scotland.