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ALLIANCE responds to Audit Scotland’s SDS Progress Update

Section: The ALLIANCEHealth and Social Care IntegrationType: News Item Date Published: 24th August 2017

Following the publication of Audit Scotland’s SDS Progress Report 2017 the ALLIANCE share initial thoughts about the key messages.

The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) welcomes the publication of Audit Scotland’s ‘Self-directed Support (SDS) 2017 progress report’ (This link will take you away from our website). However, as the findings demonstrate, there are too many barriers for people who require support to live independently and participate equally in society.

Audit Scotland’s report corroborates the ALLIANCE’s recent research with around 100 people about their experiences of Self-directed Support. Our research found a very mixed picture across the country and are concerned that SDS is not being implemented according to its underlying rights-based values and principles. As such, it will not achieve transformational change in social care culture and services or help improve people’s lives.

As with Audit Scotland’s audit, our research also found people are not getting the choice and control envisaged by SDS, or as aware or informed about SDS as they should be.

Ian Welsh, Chief Executive at the ALLIANCE commented;

“I welcome Audit Scotland’s recommendations calling for a collaborative effort from the Scottish Government and Local Authorities to increase awareness of Self-directed Support and train social work staff to enable people to have full choice and control over their support, but more must be done to quicken the pace of change.

Recent ALLIANCE research highlighted long delays in accessing self-directed support, a crucial component in supporting people to live independently. We intend to further monitor the implementation of SDS and its impact on our members, and we call on the Scottish Government to improve data collection in order to ascertain whether SDS does lead to improved outcomes for everyone who requires support and act on the findings.”

For our full briefing on the key messages and recommendations please see the ALLIANCE’s initial thoughts here.

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