Self-Directed Support: Empowering People Through Choice
In August 2017 Audit Scotland will publish their audit of self-directed support. This event will explore the findings of the audit and consider how we can put its recommendations into practice and continue to improve how people access support in Scotland.
We are now seven years into a 10-year Self-Directed Support Strategy. A 2016-2018 Implementation Plan was published last year which reinforced the values of self-directed support (SDS) and set out actions that built on learning from the first six years of the strategy.
The first Audit Scotland report in 2014 found that councils still had substantial work to do to make the cultural and practical changes needed to successfully implement SDS. The 2017 audit will consider whether councils, integration authorities and the Scottish Government are making sufficient progress in its implementation.
We are delighted to be working in partnership with Audit Scotland on this event.
Key issues to be addressed
- Hear about the findings of the 2017 Audit Scotland self-directed support follow-up audit
- Explore how we enhance practice through an interactive session
- Consider how we can develop knowledge, skill and confidence in our staff
- Discuss the role of independent advice and advocacy services
09:15 Registration and refreshments
10:00 Introduction from the Chair
Kate Connor, Kate Connor Consultancy
10:05 Session 1: Self-Directed Support in Scotland – Where Are We Now?
This opening session will consider the findings of the Audit Scotland report and consider progress to date on the implementation of self-directed support.
10:05 Audit Scotland Self-Directed Support Follow Up Audit 2017
- A summary of the findings and the recommendations of Audit Scotland's SDS 2017 progress report
Zoe McGuire, Auditor, Audit Scotland
10:25 Delivering Self-Directed Support in Scotland
Margaret Petherbridge, Chair, Self-Directed Support Practice Network, Social Work Scotland
10:45 Directing My Own Support
- Emma will talk about the benefits of directing her own support with reference to the statutory principles of self-directed support
Emma McKendrick, LCiL Champion and Associate Trainer, Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCiL)
10:55 Questions and Discussion
11:10 A National Approach To Self-Directed Support
- How we got to where we are now
- Building on the 2016-18 Implementation Plan
- The broader context of change
Karen Geekie, Self-directed Support Policy Officer, Scottish Government
11:20 Questions to the Scottish Government
11:30 Refreshments and Networking
11:45 Session 2: Exploring Solutions
In this session we will look at the some of the practical work going on across Scotland to make SDS a reality, providing examples that you can learn from when developing SDS in your area.
11:45 The Challenge in Moving From Time and Task to Outcomes in Commissioning and in Practice
- Describing the experience and learning from self-directed support tests of change, and some of the realities
June Findlater, Rehabilitation and Enablement Service Manager, East Renfrewshire Health & Social Care Partnership
12:00 Involving People and Communities in Forward Planning
Louise Close, Associate and Site Support Lead for Scotland, Community Led Support, National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi)
Marie Oliver, Chief Executive Officer, Voluntary Action South Ayrshire (VASA)
12:15 Independent Advice and Advocacy: Working in Partnership To Get A Good Life
- Partners in policymaking and the importance of investing in families and individuals
- How the programme has enabled and encouraged people to direct their own support
- Graduates from the programme supporting and empowering others
- Working together on self-directed support – what we have learnt?
Stephen Morgan, Executive Manager (Adult Social Work), Shetland Islands Council
Jane Haswell, Parent
May Macdonald, Parent
12:30 Questions and Discussions
12:50 Lunch and Networking
13:50 Session 3: Interactive Session
In this interactive session delegates will have the opportunity to explore how we can address some of the areas identified for improvement by Audit Scotland.
13:50 Next Steps for Co-production in Health and Social Care; Consolidation & Growth: Introduction to the Interactive Session
- A significant level of co-production based activity and practice is being undertaken across Scotland and this gives grounds for optimism
- It is argued however that the small scale and dispersed nature of this activity often makes it difficult for organisations to easily access and assimilate the wider lessons from this work
- This session explores the potential to improve knowledge exchange by better marshalling the learning from these disparate resources
Gerry Power, Programme Director – People Powered Health and Wellbeing, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)
Colin Young, Senior Policy and Outcomes Officer, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)
14:00 Interactive Session
Delegates will explore solutions to some of challenges which may be encountered when building packages of support. There will be a focus on taking a co-production approach, working with those deciding on their self-directed support packages. The challenges discussed will be based around the findings and recommendations of the Audit Scotland report as well real life experiences from across Scotland.
14:45 Sharing Learning From The Interactive Discussions
The chair will facilitate a discussion of the findings from the group discussions.
15:25 Closing Remarks from the Chair
15:30 Close of Event
*Agenda subject to change