A suite of learning modules explaining the Self-directed Support process

Self -directed support (SDS) is the way people access care and support from their local Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) to live as independently as possible within their community.

It is a personalised way of accessing care and support to give people as much choice, control and flexibility as possible.

The modules aim to provide an overview of the SDS options and process as well as more specific advice and practical guidance and will benefit anyone interested in learning more.

Each module explains a different part of SDS in bitesized chunks. You can complete a whole module or jump to a specific section if you are looking for something in particular.

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Introduction to Self-directed Support

This module is a short introduction to Self-Directed Support, with answers to the following key questions: 

  • What is SDS?
  • How can I access it?
  • What are my options for support?

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Self-directed Support Option 1

This module explains what options are available within an Option 1 budget and how to plan your support.  

It is for people who have:

  • Been assessed as eligible for Self-Directed Support
  • Have had their budget agreed
  • Have chosen Option 1 (direct payment)

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Becoming a PA Employer

This module provides an overview of the steps you need to take and the things you need to consider when recruiting & managing your own Personal Assistants.

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