Self Directed Support (NI)

Understanding the basics…

What is Self Directed Support?

Self Directed Support (SDS) is a change to the way the Health and Social Care Trusts operate to give individuals they assess as eligible for social care services much greater choice, control and flexibility over the support they receive. This means individuals and their families can choose the way they want their support to be provided – it is personalised to suit a person’s unique needs and circumstances.

Those who are not eligible for Self Directed Support can still buy a range of personalised services directly from Positive Futures. Positive Futures can also support other service provider organisations who want to increase their knowledge to deliver person centred services and personalisation to prepare for Self Directed Support. Contact us if you want to find out more about these options.

Individuals who are assessed as being eligible for Self Directed Support will receive a personal budget. Self Directed Support allows individuals and their families to choose how their personal budget will be spent to meet their support needs.

The individual’s personal budget can be:

  1. taken as a Direct Payment (a cash payment in lieu of Trust provided services)
  2. taken as a managed budget (where the Trust or another organisation such as Positive Futures holds the budget, but the individual is in control of how it is spent to meet their needs)
  3. a service arranged by the Trust.

Individuals can choose a mixture of all 3 of the different types of Self Directed Support.

Self Directed Support was launched in NI in June 2015 by the Health and Social Care Board.

Want to find out more about Self Directed Support? 

Contact us to learn how we can support you with the process of Self Directed Support. Rather than a “set” service, we provide a bespoke service to meet your individual or organisational needs and requirements. 

The toolkit developed by the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust is a useful resource to help you understand Self Directed Support. It provides information, publications, links and contact details for a wide range of services and organisations.

What we can offer individuals and their families

We can offer a range of services, including:

Read our SDS information sheet to find out more. 

What we can offer to Service Providers

We can support you in a number of ways, including:

If you would like more information

To discuss how we can support you with person centred practice, personalisation, and provision of self directed support, contact us at or 028 9147 5720.