The Same as You (Scottish Government, 2000) highlighted the need for a wholesale shift in thinking and approach to services for people with learning disabilities.  The Keys to Life (Scottish Government, 2013) recognised that further work was required to reach the aspirations of a truly person-centred network of service provision and opportunities.

The programme has now closed. We worked with Health and Social Care Partnerships from October 2020 to March 2023 to:

  • gather and provide insights into different approaches to review and design of services
  • develop and test tools to support services to understand the needs of supported people, carers to inform future service design
  • support exploration and define the issues in a local context
  • provide opportunities to meet and learn from peer teams throughout Scotland
  • share learning from different models of day support
  • provide access to team coaching support
  • host a space to share innovation, and
  • influence national organisations.

An easy read description of our work is available to download.

Learning from our work

Key publications and event summaries include:

For a full list of reports, progress updates and content from learning events (including examples of alternative models and user involvement) please see Programme Updates.

How to apply the learning (tools and resources)

Services can make use of the learning and approaches used in the Collaborative. E.g.:


Get in touch

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