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Self Directed Support

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What is Self Directed Support?

Self Directed Support is a new way of providing social care support that empowers individuals to have informed choice about how support is provided to them with a focus on working together to achieve individual outcomes.

Self Directed Support enables individuals to choose how their support is provided and gives them as much control as they want over their Personal Budget.

The individual’s personal budget can be:

  • taken as a Direct Payment (a cash payment),
  • a managed budget (where the Trust holds the budget, but the person is in control of how it is spent),
  • the Trust can arrange a service, or
  • you can choose a mixture of these options.


How does it work?

The introduction of Self Directed Support means that once a Trust agrees that an individual needs social care support they can work together with their key worker to agree how care is provided, that best meets their assessed needs.

If the person you care for needs help to organise their support they can ask the Trust, family members or a friend to help with this.

The Self Directed Support Pick ‘n’ Mix video explains how Self Directed Support could work for you. Watch the Self Directed Support Pick ‘N’ Mix video or download the Pick n Mix video transcript.


You can also view or download the Frequently Asked Question for:


How can Self Directed Support benefit you?

Self Directed Support allows you to choose what type of support you receive and where and when you receive it.

For example you might want to:

  • Have your support staff visit at a time that you choose.
  • Employ your own personal assistant.

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust have been running a Self Directed Support pilot for a number of years.

To see how Self Directed Support could benefit you or someone you know, watch Jude’s, Ruth’s and Wendy’s stories.


When will Self Directed Support be available?

Self Directed Support is currently being rolled out across all HSC Trusts on a phased approach.

For more information on Self Directed Support in your Trust, please speak with your Key Worker or your Trusts Self Directed Support Implementation Officer.

Details for your Trusts Self Directed Support Implementation Officer are at the bottom of this page.


What if You are happy with your current support arrangements?

You do not have to direct your own support if you prefer not to. You can have support arranged by the Trust, or you can have a mixed package where you direct some of your support.

Self Directed Support offers you more choice, greater control and more flexibility over the way your care and support needs can be met.



More Information on Self Directed Support

For more information on Self Directed Support, speak to your Key Worker or your respective HSC Trusts Self Directed Support Implementation Officer:

Belfast HSC Trust
Julie Allen
Mount Oriel PSD Office, 53-57 Saintfield Road, Belfast. BT8 7HL
T: 028 9504 3596
E: Julie.Allen@belfasttrust.hscni.net

Northern HSC Trust
James Harvey
Spruce House, Ballymena. BT43 5HR
T: 028 2563 5362
E: James.Harvey@northerntrust.hscni.net

South Eastern HSC Trust
Veronica Cleland
Downshire Estate, Ardglass Road, Downpatrick. BT30 6RA
T: 028 4461 3311
E: Veronica.Cleland@setrust.hscni.net

Southern HSC Trust
Aiden McCullagh
9 Russell Drive, Lurgan, Craigavon, Co Armagh. BT66 8HD
T: 028 3831 2852
E: Aiden.McCullagh@southerntrust.hscni.net

Western HSC Trust
Louise Hunter
Riverview House, Abercorn Road, Derry. BT48 6SB
T: 028 7127 2125
E: Louise.Hunter@westerntrust.hscni.net


Further information


Equality Impact Assessment Consultation on the Health and Social Care Board website

Related Pages

Older Peoples Services

Support for Carers

Mental Health

Learning Disability

Physical Disability & Sensory Disability



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