Self-directed Support, the Scottish Government perspective - Craig Flunkert


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Craig Flunkert from Scottish Government's Adult Care and Support Division speak about government's perspective on self directed support at North Lanarkshire Council's event Self Directed Support: The Bigger Picture on 8th November 2011.

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  • THE DEMAND * increased pressure on budgets * increased expectations from citizens rising demand with demographic change IT MAKES PEOPLE HAPPY “ flexible support that means I can continue to be healthy and… fully engaged in the community where I live”….. “ [I have] control over my life”….. “ it gives him a life !” “ Being able to make my own meals as and when I want” “ my lifestyle that is… comparable with my non disabled contemporaries ”
  • People who use services have a right to:- informed choice about their care be safe –but not overprotected make full use of available resources make the most of their lives live a independent life rich in purpose meaning and fulfilment
  • BILL CONTENT Principles of self-directed support. Duty to offer the choices Duty to provide the citizen’s preferred choice Power for local authorities to support carers. The law on Direct Payments. Capacity? Restrictions? only when there is clear justification. WHAT IT CAN’T DO change the culture on its own guarantee that state and citizen will comply with every last provision (and the spirit) of the law flick a switch solve the funding dilemmas provide all the answers
  • Self-directed Support, the Scottish Government perspective - Craig Flunkert

    1. 1. Self-directed Support the Scottish Government perspective Craig Flunkert Adult Care and Support Division
    2. 2. The Why Why a 10 year strategy on SDS? <ul><li>There is a demand for it [“ if only I’d known about SDS ”] …which is only going to grow [ Baby boomers] </li></ul><ul><li>It makes people happy </li></ul><ul><li>There are good things happening. More please! </li></ul>
    3. 3. The where Where do we want to get to? <ul><li>the quality of life of people who require care and support is improved through increased choice and control over the services they receive. </li></ul>
    4. 4. The How How can the Bill help? <ul><li>Imposes duties & provides powers to councils </li></ul><ul><li>“ sets the framework” </li></ul><ul><li>basis for statutory guidance </li></ul><ul><li>a bit like… </li></ul>You must You can
    5. 5. Challenges and opportunities… <ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>how do we react to people’s creativity? </li></ul><ul><li>how do we “let go”? </li></ul><ul><li>how do we shape the market? </li></ul><ul><li>how do citizens rise to the challenge? </li></ul><ul><li>how do we make the links? </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Happier citizens, social workers </li></ul><ul><li>More creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Better user of money </li></ul><ul><li>Prevention? </li></ul>