Self-Directed Support: Commissioning for Personal Outcomes

This event brings together outstanding expert speakers from across the third sector to look at commissioning for SDS, considering purchaser and provider relations, planning for the stability of service provision, and how to balance these tensions against individual choice.

Reshaping the commissioning of health and social care services

Quality and choice in social care is heavily dependent on the way services are commissioned and procured. A report published by the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS) in August 2018 identified that the pace of change in commissioning SDS services to the third sector was slow, the transition involves significant complexity, there was a diminishing ability for in-house services to fill the gaps, and service availability in remote locations continues to be a concern.

Despite the challenges, we are seeing individual good practice in local authorities to ensure choice and there is a growing understanding of the flexibility that exists in procurement law.

Join us as we draw upon these experiences and the latest research to examine how we can deliver the choice and control envisaged in the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • Progress to date on commissioning for SDS: challenges and opportunities
  • The procurement myths undermining flexible commissioning practice
  • 'Light Touch' or ’Minimum Process’ Frameworks for commissioning for health and social care
  • The pressures facing the social service workforce and its capacity to respond to SDS
  • Intelligent commissioning of Personal Assistants across the four SDS options
  • Providing a range of service options in rural and remote areas

Why come?

  • Learn from outstanding experts involved in self-directed support 
  • Your chance to question all of these great people 
  • Join the conversation in our interactive roundtable discussion 
  • Meet other people involved in self-directed support and share best practice 


9.45 Registration and Refreshments 

10.30 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair 

Angela Haggerty, journalist

10.35 Session 1: Balancing Sustainability of Service & Individual Choice

  • Designing new procurement frameworks through collaboration with stakeholders and partners 
  • Providing a range of services in rural areas 
  • Human rights, SDS and the health and social care workforce

10.35 A Rural Response To Choice and Control - The Role of Micro Enterprises and Communities in Providing Support in Remote Areas 

  • Background to The Care and Wellbeing Co-operative
  • Opportunities for micro enterprises to deliver care and support in rural areas in a co operative and personalised way
  • The challenges of being outside the approved providers framework
  • Helping to recruit, train and support young people into the workforce – rural economy
  • Promoting the Health and Care Standards and supporting micros

Donna Murray-Trail, Co-ordinator, The Care and Wellbeing Co-op 

11.00 Self Directed Support: Revolution or Work in Progress?

  • Examples of best practice in SDS from across Scotland
  • What is needed for transformational change?
  • What gets in the way of personalisation, choice, and control?

 Ariane Critchley, Lecturer, Edinburgh Napier University

11.25 Mainstreaming Personalisation and Self-Directed Support

  • Current operational issues experienced in embedding Self-directed Support as a fundamental mainstay of social work service in Scotland
  • What the next steps might be in tackling current challenges and scaling up good practice

Dr Jane Kellock, Head of Social Work Strategy and Development, Social Work Scotland

11.50 Q&A

12.00 Refreshments and Networking 

12.25 Session 2: SDS & Commissioning Best Practice

  • SDS and procurement law
  • Mythbusting to improve flexibility
  • 'Light touch’ framework

12.25 Real Choice in Social Care - The Impact of Commissioning and Procurement

  • Personalisation, commissioning and procurement
  • Maximising flexibility through using our current legislation
  • Facilitating a range of providers and types of support

Dee Fraser, Deputy Director, Coalition of Care and Support Providers 

12.50 Robin Fallas, Partner, MacRoberts LLP

13.15 Q&A

13.30 Lunch and Networking 

14.15 Session 3: Informed choice, Control, Empowerment 

  • The impact of SDS on choice and control
  • Good practice in social care
  • A truly mainstream approach to social-care delivery

14.15 Interactive roundtable discussion 

Delegates will lead the discussion to identify the key challenges and solutions in delivering self-directed support. The questions that come out of these discussions will be put to the following speakers from Self Directed Support Scotland. 

14.45 Promoting Independent Living in Scotland 

  • The importance and value of Independent Support
  • An introduction to the SDSS searchable database for Independent Support

Jess Wade, Manager, Self Directed Support Scotland 
Anna Carr, Communications and Events Officer, Self Directed Support Scotland 

15.15 Q&A

15.25 Closing Remarks from the Chair

Angela Haggerty, journalist 

15.30 Close of Event 

*The agenda is subject to change

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post event to all attendees. 




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Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VATpp (Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635

12 February 2019



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