The Health and Social Care Forum met for the third time on Thursday 05 September. Attendance remains high with new members and faces joining each month. The main focus of this Forum was Self Directed Support (SDS) and how it would impact the people of and services in Fife.
Alison Morrison, Project Manager, Self-Directed Support Team, Fife Council gave a presentation setting out the core elements of the national SDS legislation and the strategy and progress made so far in Fife. While acknowledging the challenges involved in implementing this ambitious programme Alison described SDS as the latest development in shifting the balance of care and offering choice to people who require support, following Community Care, which was established in the early 90ís and Direct payments which were introduced as an option in 1996 and became a duty in 2003. She described the team and developments as a work in progress, using a strength based approach and being outcomes focussed.
For Fifers, Self-Directed Support is the next step towards people taking control of their own lives regardless of disability, age or health needs, to benefit from support that fits the person not the service; for council staff there is a significant cultural and procedural change; for organisations it is an opportunity to work collaboratively and for frontline practitioners to be creative in designing services that people want.
The Forum also reviewed the consultation on the 7 Localities proposed for the new Health and Social Care Integration body and agreed to the Terms of Reference for the Forum.
Next monthís Forum on Wednesday 01 October 10.00am - 12 noon at Fife Voluntary Actionís Glenrothes Office will welcome Lisa Curtice, People Powered Health and Wellbeing Programme Director, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland and Mark McGeachie, National Co-lead for Co-production and Community Capacity Building, Joint Improvement Team to present a Scottish context on the Integration Agenda; following this the Forum will discuss proposals for the Integrated Care Fund.
Please see below a note and feedback from the Forum, Alison Morrison's presentation and the final SDS Strategy.