Self Directed Support
What is self-directed support?
Self directed support means that you will have more control over
how money allocated for your social care needs is spent. You
can use this money creatively to get the support you need to live
your life as independently as possible. This is a change from the
way social care services for adults have been delivered in the
past, when it was the social care professional who took control of
planning the support.
We want to ensure that if you need support from adult social
care services, you will have more choice over how you can access
the services you require – you have the opportunity to manage the
money that we may give you for you social care support, should you
wish to do so – this money is known as a Personal Budget.
How do I find out if I am eligible for a Personal Budget?
Personal Budgets are routinely available to people who are
eligible for assistance from Adult Social Care services in
If think that you, or someone you care for, might be eligible,
contact our Access Centre to speak to a customer advisor.
You can also visit our Fair Access to Care web pages to find out if
you might be able to get help with your social care
If you are not eligible for support from us, or you pay for your
own support, you can still request an assessment of your care and
support needs. The Access Centre can also signpost you to
other organisations that might be able to help you, or you can
visit the Carewise website to find out about organisations and
services in your area that can offer support.
How does self-directed support work?
The Access Service will carry out an initial screening with
you. If you are eligible to receive support from us, you may
be referred to one of our early intervention support teams who can
work with you to help you remain independent at home. These
Prior to meeting with the social care professional we will send
you a letter on which you can note the things that are important to
you. This gives you the opportunity to highlight the things
that matter most to you and tell us what you hope to achieve –
these are known as your outcomes. When you meet with the
social care professional, they can consider your notes and use this
as a basis for the personal assessment which they will complete
You will also be asked to complete a financial assessment which
will help us to work out how much you may have to pay towards the
cost of your support. This is also an opportunity for us to
check that you are claiming all the benefits that you may be
Working out your Personal Budget
If you are eligible for social care support we will use the
information from your personal and financial assessments to work
out how much money you may be allocated from social care
funding and how much you may have to contribute towards the cost of
This money is known as your 'indicative budget'. It is
called an indicative budget because this is just an estimate of the
money you are likely to receive for your Personal Budget and will
help you plan your support.
Planning how to spend my personal budget
Once you know how much money you have to pay for your support
you will then need to plan how you are going to spend this money so
that you can live as independently as possible and get the most out
of your life. This plan is known as your Personal Support
Plan. You can write this yourself, or get a trusted friend,
family member, carer or social work professional to help you.
When putting together your Personal Support Plan you need to
focus on what you want to achieve and what you need to assist you
with living as independently as possible. The Personal
Support Plan puts the focus on 'outcomes' rather than
services. An 'outcome' means something you want to achieve,
- What would you like to change in your life?
- Who and what is important to you?
- What do you want to keep the same?
You will also need to consider how you will be kept safe and
well, and what you will do to ensure that you always have your
support requirements covered, for example, when your carer goes on
When your Personal Support Plan has been approved your final
Personal Budget amount will be confirmed.
If you feel the amount awarded in your Personal Budget is
insufficient to meet your support requirements you can request that
your social worker re-submits your case to the Resource Allocation
Panel where your situation will be reconsidered along with any
Spending your Personal Budget
Once you have your Personal Budget you can start using the money
to support you to be able to do the things that are most important
to you to enable you to live as independently as possible.
How will things be monitored?
You will receive regular, ongoing reviews to check that things
are still working for you, or whether things need to change.
If you have any issues this is an opportunity for you to discuss
things. You can request a review at any time should you feel
that things are not working for you, or if your circumstances
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This page was last reviewed 26 March 2013 at 13:07.
The page is next due for review 22 September 2014.