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

6.7 Investigative task

Activity 6.11 Exploring working together for personalisation in Scotland – where next?

(Allow about one hour)

This final part of Section 6 provides a number of learning activities that will enable you to explore different aspects of working together for personalisation in Scotland. You may want to refer back to the notes you made for Activity 6.1 about your experiences of how health, social care, education and other services work together, and how you think that these services could work together – and with service users, families and other carers – more effectively.

There are three possible investigations for you to follow up. You may want to look at an aspect of working together that particularly relates to your role and interests, or expand your knowledge of other, less familiar, perspectives on personalisation. If you have the 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 over coming months and years as the way personalisation is understood and as its implementation 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 out about, and, if possible, take opportunities to discuss and hear feedback about what you are learning with others such as friends, colleagues, supervisors and family members.

  1. Health and social care integration in Scotland: Integration of health and social care has been on the policy agenda in Scotland, as elsewhere in the UK, for many years. Professor Alison Petch from IRISS has brought together evidence about the factors that underpin best integrated practice in health and social care in two reports: Integration of health and social care (Petch, 2012) and Delivering integrated care and support (Petch, 2013). Read together, these reports will provide learners with a broad understanding of the context for adult health and social care integration in Scotland, and what research evidence tells us about how best to bring about positive change.
  2. Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) is an evolving policy and practice framework for working with children and families in Scotland. Your interest in GIRFEC may be about personalisation and children, or you may want to find out more about this approach and whether elements of it might be relevant to adults in Scotland. You can find out more about GIRFEC on the Scottish Government website . This site also provides links to other interesting resources.
  3. Personalisation and Scotland’s ‘Third Sector’: This section has mostly focused on public services. But you may work for and/or access services from the many organisations – such as Crossroads, the Richmond Fellowship or the Scottish Association for Mental Health – that form part of ‘the Third Sector’ in Scotland. A research report, The Personalisation Agenda (Dickinson and Glasby, 2010), explores questions about personalisation and what it means for the third sector, and its relationship with citizen users and carers, and the public sector. Although the research is undertaken in England, many of its key messages are also relevant to Scotland.

Now that you've completed this section, try the Section 6 quiz .

After completing the quiz, go to the Conclusion for the course.

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