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Self-directed support (SDS) in Hampshire

Adult Services responsibility is to meet the assessed needs of people who meet the Fair Access to Care eligibility criteria of substantial and critical needs Self-directed support is a new approach to the assessment and provision of support for those eligible adults. It is a person centred approach rather than service led approach and will support eligible adults to have greater choice and control of social care they need.

It is based on the providing eligible adults with a personal budget. A personal budget is a financial sum given to the individual based on the level of funding they may need to meet their assessed outcomes. Within their agreed personal budget level, the individual will express how they will achieve those assessed outcomes through a support plan. The individual, within their support plan, will also choose how much control they want over spending their personal budget (some individuals will choose a direct payment where others will choose to have their care organised by a care manager).

The key differences between Self-Directed Support and a traditional care management approach is that the individual will have made the decisions and will understand the resources and options available. Where appropriate, support and advocacy will be provided to ensure that the individual is able to make informed decisions about their care.

Process and documents

Hampshire has developed it's own Self-directed support process which is explained in an e-learning course that has been developed to provide background on Personalisation and self-directed support (SDS) in Hampshire, an overview of what the SDS process may look like in Hampshire and what impact it may have on everyday practice and work.

The course is free to use and will take approximately 20-25 minutes. For further information and to access the course please go to SDS E-learning

As part of the development of the Hampshire Self-directed Support process a number of new documents have had to be developed. Examples of these can be found by using the links below:

For further information on how Hampshire County Council is looking at implementing Self-directed support across Hampshire you may also wish to visit the Hampshire County Council Self-directed support web pages. On this page there are links to the Self-directed Support leaflets which are provided to individuals wanting more information on Self-directed support.

linksLINKS to further information about Self-directed support generally


SDS Assessment outcomes

The Hampshire Self-directed support assessment will generate up to 10 outcomes for eligible individuals.

Any personal budget agreed with the individual will be based on supporting them to meet their identified outcomes.

As support providers you will need to consider how your organisational aims fit with these outcomes. At an operational level you will need to ensure that you are able to evidence that when supporting an Adult Services client, you are working with them to meet their Self-dIrected support outcome

What are the 10 Self-directed support outcomes?

  • I am able to manage the day to day running of my home life

  • I have my personal care done in a way that suits me

  • I am able to get new or maintain the relationships I already have

  • I am able to take part in activities in my local area

  • I am able to learn new things or get a job

  • I feel safe at home and have the right support/equipment to stay safe

  • I get help so that I don't hurt myself or others

  • I am able to get enough to eat and drink

  • I am able to get help to make decisions when I need it

  • I am able to get support when I need it


Person Centred Planning

Person Centred Planning is promoted as a key method for delivering Personalisation. It can be hard to define clearly and encompasses a range of approaches and tools.

The Department of Health have developed a number of guides and advice about Person centred planning and state that PCP is "a way of discovering what people want, the support they need and how they can get it. It is evidence-based practice that assists people in leading an independent and inclusive life. Person-centred planning is both an empowering philosophy and a set of tools for change, at an individual, a team and an organisational level. It shifts power from professionals to people who use services". (DoH, Personalisation through Person Centred Planning, March 2010). Download Acrobat Reader to view this PDF 2mb There are many other organisations who have helped develop Person Centred Planning and tools, however whatever tools are used, the importance of Person Centred Planning is about understanding the person and supporting them to live the life they wish to lead.

linksLINKS to further information about Person Centred Planning and PCP techniques


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