Scottish government and CIPFA launch self-directed support financial framework guide


New guidance to support the implementation of Self-directed Support across Scotland was launched today by the Scottish Government and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Self-directed Support is a major culture shift in the way health and social care services are delivered. The shift sees a move towards a more person centered and outcomes focused assessment of needs and delivery of services. Self-directed Support enables people in Scotland who are eligible for social care support, their carers and their families to make informed choices on what their support looks like and how it is delivered, making it possible to meet agreed personal outcomes.

With Scottish local authorities spending almost £3bn on social care for 2013/14, Self-directed is a major development in social care support and service provision.

To help financial managers support the implementation of Self-directed Support in today’s tough economic climate and navigate the pressures of an older population, the Scottish Government and CIPFA worked together to develop a new guide and framework to promote good practice in the provision of social care in Scotland.

The guidance also recognises and supports the Scottish Government’s key policy to integrate health and social care.

It was launched at the opening of CIPFA Scotland’s new office in Edinburgh today.

Speaking at the opening, Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, said:

“Along with health and social care integration, Self-directed Support is part of a package of public sector reform policies which require a fundamental shift in culture to be achieved. That is why we continue to invest in workforce tools like this Self-directed Support Financial Framework Guidance.

“This financial management guidance and self-evaluation framework promotes good practice and will give financial managers the confidence to facilitate creative and collaborative approaches to social care and support.”

Head of CIPFA Scotland Don Peebles said:

“The pressures of an ageing population and tightening of budgets mean that we need to develop new ways of delivering health and social care services.  As policy develops, we as finance professionals need to ensure that we are providing modernised support to politicians and to the public.

“That’s why we support initiatives such as the Scottish Government’s Self-directed Support, to provide care users with personal budgets to give them a greater say over their own care provision while delivering value for money for taxpayers.”


Notes to editors

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The address of CIPFA Scotland’s new office is 160 Dundee Street, Edinburgh, EH11 1DQ.