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Connections Being Built

Written by: Colin Young, Senior Policy and Outcomes Officer, the ALLIANCE

Published: 11/03/2013

Partnership event brings interested parties together to discuss integrated self-directed support.

“Building the Connections – Setting the Agenda for Joined-Up Self Directed Support”, a partnership of organisations including the ALLIANCE, took place last Tuesday.  The event gathered people from across the sector to discuss the potential benefits of how Self-Directed Support would work in an integrated health and social care setting in the midst of the Scottish Government’s proposals for integration and the recent passing of the Self-Directed Support Act.

The event facilitated an engaging agenda including a keynote speech from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Alex Neil MSP and workshops from all the partners.  Space was provided for delegates to share their thoughts and concerns with the inclusion of interactive sessions – including planning an individual’s journey through Self-Directed Support.  In workshop sessions delegates were encouraged to consider the practical implications rather than the process of Self Directed Support on a range of issues such as marketisation and exploring the risks.

The panel of experts who closed the event highlighted the key themes to have emerged throughout the day.  These included:

  • Changing the culture of support delivery
  • Rebalancing the power between services and people who require support
  • Engaging effectively with the health sector to increase the priority and opportunity for Self Directed Support to be a shared vision

The ALLIANCE is now keen to develop relations with representatives from all sectors to advance this programme of work as these important agendas are being implemented.

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