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


Welcome to Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland, a course that explores the development and impact of personalisation in health and social care in Scotland. Personalisation involves citizens becoming active participants in selecting and shaping health, social care and other services. Personalisation is at the root of developments, such as self-directed support, that enable people to make their own decisions about the care and support that they receive. Personalisation is for everyone - children, adults, people with mental or physical health problems, learning disabilities, offenders, people with substance misuse problems.

Figure 0.1 Personalisation is for everyone

Self-directed support

An important milestone in the implementation of personalisation in Scotland was the passing in January 2013 of the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act. This course will help you understand the origins of this legislation and the principles that it is based on. We will explore some of the potential tensions and challenges of personalisation, and its expression in self-directed support – for service users, carers and the health and social care workforce. It is not intended to be the ‘last word’ in defining what personalisation or self-directed support is or should be. Personalisation has core principles, but how they are realised will vary and develop in different ways over time.

Who is this course for?

The course aims to provide a broad grounding in personalisation and may be studied by all sorts of people: service users, carers and people who are employed in health and social care, including personal assistants, social care workers, nurses, social workers and doctors.

This material is from our non-accredited learning programme. You are not asked to submit written work for marking and you will not be allocated a tutor. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this subject area [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

This course is an adapted extract from the Open University course.


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