Project Aims

The project aims to be a partnership between Scottish Care, who have received funding to undertake work on older people and self-directed support and two local partnerships- now identified as NHS Highland and North Ayrshire as well as other local stakeholders.

The primary focus of this project is to explore the application of a human rights based approach, consistent with the statutory principles within the SDS Act, in the operational delivery of older people’s care and support.


As this is a short term project, it is not expected that we will cover SDS for older people in its entirety. The exact focus of work for the project will be left to local parties and will emerge more clearly after initial meetings and development groups. GIRFOP/GIRWOP could potentially include, work on eligibility criteria; new commissioning models which would include the older supported person; developing any new models for older people assessment; approaches to support planning around outcomes for older individuals; workforce development with the local provider around self-directed support; modelling new approaches to risk for older individuals, especially those with challenges related to capacity and where learning can be drawn from work on adults with incapacity.

The project recognises that a great deal of work is already being undertaken on these areas and will not seek to duplicate such work. The local group will develop a focussed action plan.


The project will have both short and long term outcomes which will be finalised after the initial stage of stakeholder development and action planning by the participants themselves evidencing collaboration, engagement and involvement as key human rights actions in their establishment.

Short term outcomes could include:

  • Older individuals who access support from social care providers engaged in the project will be better informed, more aware and empowered to exercise their rights under self-directed support.
  • We know more about effective models for independent support and care for older people and how to overcome barriers.
  • Existing models for understanding the assessment needs of older supported individuals will have been explored and any new models developed and trialled.

Long term outcomes could include:

  • More older people are aware of SDS and what choice and control mean for them
  • More older people will be aware of the full extent of choice available under each of the four SDS options and their distinctive features
  • More older people will be confident in accessing and using personal budgets within the context of their preferred SDS option choice, whichever that may be.
  • Social care provision for older people will be flexible and creative and focussed on personal outcomes
  • The workforce has skills and confidence to ensure care meets personal outcomes