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SDS User Group: Self Directed Support Group

Personal budgets / Direct Payments are a new way for individuals in need of care and support to access care that meets their needs. Direct payments/Personal budget allows service users to take control and make choices to suit their lifestyle for independent living. The Self-Directed User Group (SDS) is an independent support group of service users and carers who manage direct payments and personal budgets, The SDS Group meets to share and express views, experience, exchange information and provide support to each other. The group aims to support individuals on direct payments/ Personal budgets or those considering the options. Increase Awareness, provide impartial advice, support and also help build confidence in the use of direct payments and personal Budgets. One to One surgeries are conducted by appointment for anyone needing assistance with any queries in relation to personal Budgets and direct payments. A Direct Payment advocate could assist in providing practical support by speaking and taking appropriate action on behalf of service user to obtain the service they may need to improve quality of life. The SDS Group would provide feedback of Direct payments Service Users views and ideas to the council to staff so services could be shaped to meet Direct Payment / Personal Budget Service Users requirements. Membership to the group is free. Group meetings are held every six weeks. For further information please contact Group Coordinator.

Updated:
25 June 2014
Location:
East of England
Sectors:
Care, Health, Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Havering Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Choice and control:

As the SDs User Group is a group of Direct Payment and personal budget users, the group could provide on - going support and advice in allowing service user to have a choice and control in their care needs.

 Provide advocacy

Information – signposting

Assist with support plan

Assisting In taking control and choice of care requirements.

 

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

More advertising.. Working more closely with other organisations and the Local Authority.

2. Actions

  • Promote awareness of direct payments/personal budgets.

    We will work to promote awareness of direct payments and personal budgets and how they allow service users to take control and make choices to suit their own independent lifestyle.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member

  • Provide support for people wishing to access direct payments/ personal budgets

    We have an advocate who can support service users wishing to acces  direct payments/ personal budgets. One to One surgeries are conducted by appointment for anyone needing assistance with any queries in relation to personal Budgets and direct payments. A Direct Payment advocate could assist in providing practical support by speaking and taking appropriate action on behalf of service user to obtain the service they may need to improve quality of life.

     

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member

  • Provide feedback from the SDS Users Group to the Local Authority.

    We will work with the Local Authority by providing feedback from the SDS Users Group in order that they can work to shape their services to meet the requirements of service users.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member