Shifting the balance of power in social care – event report

Section: Health and Social Care IntegrationType: News Item Date Published: 24th August 2021

A partnership event organised by the ALLIANCE and CCPS explored how people can have more choice and control over their support and lives.

On 27 April 2021, the ALLIANCE and the Coalition of Care and Support Providers (CCPS) organised a joint event about the future of adult social care and how to shift the balance of power to enable people who access Self-directed Support (SDS) in Scotland to have increased choice and control over their support and their lives.

Around 100 participants heard from an expert panel of guest speakers, including:

  • Malcolm Chisholm, Independent Review of Adult Social Care expert panel member, and former Scottish Minister for Health and Community Care (2001-2004)
  • Kim Kemp, member, Glasgow Disability Alliance (GDA)
  • Andrea Wood, Chief Executive, Key
  • Catherine Garrod, Programme Officer, and Susan McKinstery, Associate, CCPS
  • Hannah Tweed, Senior Policy Officer, the ALLIANCE

A wide range of issues were discussed during the presentations and participatory Q&A and small group discussions, including:

  • CCPS ‘Big Ideas’ for changing how social care is plann​ed, purchased and paid for (particularly commissioning and SDS)
  • The Independent Review of Adult Social Care recommendations
  • The positive difference made by good quality SDS from a lived experience perspective
  • National research including My Support, My Choice, and engagement about people’s experiences of SDS
  • How third sector providers help maximise people’s power, choice and control

You can find out more in the event report, available at the link below.

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