Reports from a national research project about people's experiences of SDS and social care in Scotland

A suite of reports that use data from “My Support, My Choice: User Experiences of Self-directed Support in Scotland” (MSMC), a mixed-methods research project run by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland and Self Directed Support Scotland, funded by the Scottish Government.

The aim of this research is to gain a better understanding of people’s experiences, filling a data gap and complementing the work of other independent evaluations. By highlighting evidence of good practice and where improvements can be made, we can assist strategic planning and delivery of future SDS/ social care.

Between November 2018 and February 2020, MSMC heard from 637 people who received SDS (or had been assessed in the previous 12 months) via a survey, interviews and focus groups. Research took place prior to the appearance COVID-19 in Scotland. However, as the largest direct consultation of its kind to date, this report provides vital evidence, analysis and recommendations for improvement to SDS/ social care in the aftermath of the pandemic, based on people’s experiences.

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