Transforming social care

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 27th August 2018
Circular shape on a red background, with the caption 'Self-directed Support' in the centre

Paper charting Scotland's progress towards implementing self-directed support (SDS) published.

Transforming Social Care describes the progress that has been made towards implementing SDS as the mainstream approach to social care in Scotland.

This follows from a recent Audit Scotland recommendation that called on ministers to report on the impact of the £70m funding allocated towards SDS over the past few years.

Overall, the new report concluded that the challenges in implementing the new approach “are being recognised and tackled at all levels” and that the “embedding of…choice and control across an integrated health and social care landscape is underway.”

Key findings:

  • The number of people accessing social care through self-directed support (all options) increased to 83,770 during 2016-2017. This represents around 70% of all eligible social care clients in that period.
  • Since 2015, more than 12,000 people have received information on self-directed support through organisations funded under the Scottish Government’s Support in the Right Direction funding alone.
  • Significant challenges in recruiting sufficient social care workers to meet need were described by almost all areas in SWS’s study, particularly in care at home in rural areas.
  • There is some evidence of change from traditional tendering to collaborative approaches which enhance choice and control for individuals, but it is not yet widely embedded across all areas and services.
  • The reduction of bureaucracy remains an aspiration but is proving difficult to address.


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