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Consultation on self-directed support to be launched by NHS Highland and Highland Council


By Val Sweeney


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NHS Highland is launching a consultation on self-directed support.
NHS Highland is launching a consultation on self-directed support.

NHS Highland and Highland Council are begin a consultation on self-directed support (SDS) for social care to ensure services meet the requirements of those who need them most.

The consultation sets out a suggested new vision and approach to providing SDS and will take place from July 9 until the end of August.

An NHS Highland spokeswoman said: "SDS gives people choice and control over the social care and support that they need to ensure that they are not only supported in ways that are right for them but that they are also involved in decisions about their support as much as possible.

"It is recognised across Scotland how important SDS is, but also that it can be challenging to deliver in a way that meets people’s needs.

"With this in mind, NHS Highland and the Highland Council, supported by our partners, are keen to set out a new approach to providing SDS and we want to hear from you as to whether you think the direction we suggest is the right one.

"Our vision is for services to be caring and enabling, promoting equality and person-centered, meaning that people's support is planned around their individual needs and what is important to them."

Ian Thomson, head of service for quality assurance, adult social care, said: "We understand how important SDS is for many people and hope that this consultation will give everyone who currently uses SDS or supports people who use SDS to have their say and tell us what is important to them about the services they receive."

For more information about the consultation and access to the electronic consultation documents, including an 'easy-read', click here.

You can give also your views by completing the online survey here.

Anyone wanting more information, a paper copy or alternative format of the survey or would like to ask someone to call them back to discuss the consultation can email karen.patience.@nhs.scot or leave a message on 01463 704715.

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