Self Management Fund (2018-2019)

Over three Learning Day events, the funded projects within the 2018 Working Together to Strengthen Integration round worked together to come up with the best advice they would give to any new self management projects starting out. These are:

  • Learn
    • One of the strongest themes that came through in the advice for new projects was to keep learning throughout the project – learn from what works and what doesn’t, learn from the people you work with, learn from colleagues and partner organisations.
    • When starting out, use the experience of partners to help you shape your plan, but make space in your plan to make changes as you learn and let the people guide you.
  • Be Flexible
    • Being flexible in your approach allows you to implement learning as you go along, correct mistakes and make improvements. If you allow for movement in ideas and direction then you can pivot effectively if needed. Allowing the project to develop organically can take it in the direction it is most needed.
  • Communicate
    • Take time to build relationships with partners, and make the most of their local expertise and knowledge to build a strong foundation for the project. Communicate with the people you work with, and trust the process of listening and responding to what people tell you they need.
  • Check Outcomes
    • Try new things and learn from what works and what doesn’t, review your objectives regularly to ensure that they are still fit for purpose and that your project is progressing suitably. You shouldn’t be afraid to acknowledge what is not working as this is part of the process of learning from it.
  • Take Time
    • Take your time to plan the project properly, but allow time for the project to develop organically – you cannot rush any part of it! Spend time building relationships with partners and grow at an achievable pace.

You can find reports related to this event along with other Self Management Fund learning towards the bottom of this page.

Self Management Fund funded projects regularly showcase their learning and impact through ALLIANCE Live Project Insights. These short, informative videos raise awareness, share good practice and distribute knowledge to strengthen good health and social care policy and practice across Scotland.



A full report on the learning days is available to download below.

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Self Management Fund (2021 - 2023)

The Self Management Fund: Resilience, Recovery and Development Round One projects began on 1 June 2021, Round Two projects on 1 October 2022, with Round Three projects beginning on 1 October 2023 Flash reports on the first two rounds are available below.

In general, the funded projects:

In Round One, two grant types were offered, designed to:

  • Test or investigate an idea
  • Build on or develop existing work or knowledge
  • Establish a service that is new to your organisation

In Round Two, grants were offered to projects to:

  • Provide support to people experiencing multiple forms of marginalisation, including people with sensory loss; ethnic minority communities; disabled children and young people; people with learning and intellectual disabilities; people experiencing economic deprivation; and unpaid carers
  • Focus on a hybrid way of working and supporting digital inclusion for those who have been excluded from the move to digital services.

In Round Three, grants were offered to projects to:

  • Provide support for disabled people and people living with long term conditions and/or unpaid carers who experience disrupted care
  • Address the wider determinants of health so that individuals are supported to live their lives better on their own terms, progress to employment, create and develop sustainable communities, and take a leadership role in preventing ill-health.

The majority of RRD grantees are still working to deliver activities and we will share more learning as projects continue to develop.

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The ALLIANCE administers the Self Management Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government.

The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) administers the Self Management Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government, supporting third sector and community based organisations across Scotland to develop self management activities. Since 2009, The ALLIANCE has awarded over £26 million in funds to 432 projects. More information on the projects can be found in our Funded Projects section.

The Self Management Fund was created by the Scottish Government in response to recommendations made in the Gaun Yersel: the Self Management Strategy for Scotland (link will open in a new page). It was set up to support the development of co-produced, person centred, self management activity across Scotland. Learning from the experience of people living with long term conditions, and their unpaid carers, is central to the ethos of the fund.

Across all rounds of the Self Management Fund projects must show that:

  • Work is new for the applicant organisation, or present a development of an existing idea.
  • The idea has come from the people it is designed to benefit.
  • Disabled people, individuals living with long term conditions and/or unpaid carers will be enabled to take a leadership role in the design, delivery and evaluation of the project.
  • The capacity of disabled people, individuals living with long term conditions and/or unpaid carers to effectively self manage will be enhanced .
  • The principles of self management identified in Gaun’ Yersel’: the Self Management Strategy for Scotland are at the heart of the project.

Alongside these core criteria each funding round has a specific focus, the priorities of Self Management for Life are:

  • Supporting people living with, or who might be at risk of developing, long term conditions to be better able to self manage and/or reduce risk factors.
  • Supporting people who experience barriers to accessing health and social care support and services, due to geographical, social, or economic factors to feel better able to self manage through direct support or support to access services.
  • Supporting people who are waiting for a specialist health or social care intervention or rehabilitation support through enabling them to develop self management capabilities while awaiting treatment.
  • Supporting disabled young people or young people living with long term conditions or unpaid carers to understand the importance of self management and to develop skills which maximise their health and wellbeing.

The fund aims to develop practice and share learning, this is done in a number of ways though our partners in the Scottish Government and through our own Self Management Network. You can find out more about our learning by clicking the learning tab in the sidebar.

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In 2016, the ALLIANCE funded nine projects for five years in the Transforming Self Management in Scotland round of the Self Management Fund.

Below is an overview of the projects which the ALLIANCE funded for five years. To find out more about any of these projects, simply select, click or tap on one of them.

The ALLIANCE published a podcast discussing the learnings from the Self Management Fund: Transforming Self Management in Scotland – you can learn more by visiting the ALLIANCE Live Roundtable post, or listening directly from ourAnchor.FM pageA flash report is available to download below.

Since 2009 the Self Management Fund has provided grants supporting 432 projects in Scotland across seven cycles of the Fund.

A way of living and working that means people living with long term conditions feel more in control of their own health and wellbeing.

Self Management is a way of living and working that means people living with long term conditions feel more in control of their own health and wellbeing. It supports people to live their lives better, on their terms.

Self management supports and encourages people living with long term conditions to access information and to develop skills to find out what’s right for their condition and, most importantly, right for them. Gaun Yersel: The Self Management Strategy for Scotland, was developed by the ALLIANCE with support from people with lived experience, and aims to work towards a situation in which everyone in Scotland living with long term conditions has access to the support they need to successfully manage their condition.

Together with health professionals and with those who provide support, self management can help people to make decisions that are right for their life.

Self management can mean people being:

  • better informed about their condition(s)
  • better prepared for everyday challenges
  • better supported when they need it

The ALLIANCE works to embed this approach across Scotland through our self management work:

To find out how to support your health and wellbeing through self management, speak to your GP or health professional or visit A Local Information System for Scotland (ALISS) to search for health and wellbeing resources in your area.

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