SDS Providers Toolkit

I am delighted to welcome you to the Western Health & Social Care Trust’s Provider Toolkit for Self Directed Support.  This toolkit was created and designed in partnership with a number of Independent, Voluntary and Community Care Providers.

Self Directed Support is about giving people choice, control and flexibility over the shape of their support, enabling the individual to live the life they want and achieve personal outcomes. It is based on the principles of personalisation, promoting self-determination and keeping the individual at the heart of assessment, decision-making and support planning.

Self Directed Support has the potential to transform Social Care Services from a largely  service-led system to one that promotes autonomy and independence. This is important to Trusts, to Health and Social Care regionally and to independent, voluntary and community providers.  It is most important to those who receive our services.

Self-Directed Support is a unique partnership between individuals, families, services, third and independent sector organisations and Government bodies.  Right now, there are many exciting opportunities for providers to engage in more person centred approaches – to make a real difference to individuals and families.

Good quality care and support are often dependent on the effective interplay between a range of agencies and services. Included within the sections of this toolkit are the overarching topics that the providers identified as areas of need, to support them to embrace Self Directed Support.  Each section of this toolkit provides information, publications, links and contact details for a wide range of services and organisations. 

This information is only a guide and it is not meant to be exhaustive.  Each provider organisation is responsible for updating their individual profiles and contact details. The Trust will act as a central point for this information but as you know cannot favour, endorse or recommend specific organisations. 

By making this toolkit available on the Trust’s internet page individuals, families and carers will have access to information and resources to help them in their decision making supported by their Social Worker or Keyworker.

I am very pleased to commend this resource and encourage individuals and organisation to use it.

I hope the Toolkit will be of value to all Providers in their contribution to making personalisation and Self Directed Support a reality in Northern Ireland.  I would also like to state my thanks to the providers who have shared their information and who continue to work in partnership with the Trust to drive this excellent initiative forward.

Kieran Downey
Executive Director of Social Work