Citizenship in Health: Report

Citizenship in Health: Theory to Practice. This In Control Discussion Paper is a summary of In Control's learning from the first 18 months of our work with Health members.

The Report highlights the purpose of Self-Direction as follows: 'The purpose of our work on Self-Direction in Health is to enable citizenship and to support people to have the best possible quality of life. Citizenship and health are symbiotic. A society that excludes people from citizenship guarantees poor health. Meanwhile, good health depends on much more than just access to even the very best health care. It depends on active citizenship - a home, a job or opportunity to contribute, an income and friendships'.

The Paper takes a unique approach to developing self-direction through focusing on five key issues, seen as central to the process. It provides clear reasons for why increasing personalisation in Health is important, and a developmental structure for organisations wanting to take forward Self-Direction in Health. The structure is laid out in the Planning Book document which is included as part of this paper. You can  download both papers below.


Citizenship in Health, In Control's latest Discussion Paper about Self-Direction in Health, has references to other publications and resources. They are listed below:


Web Resources


  • Citizenship in Health Report 2010

    In Control's Citizenship in Health paper is a summary of all our learning from the first 18 months of work with our Health members.

  • The Planning Tree - Self Direction in HealthThe Planning Tree - Self Direction in Health

    If we are to take forward a meaningful and sustainable change in the way individuals relate to the health service, it will be essential to have people on board who have experience of being patients. They can help us drive forward this evolution, as part of a small local team with all the ne...

  • Self-direction, place and community - Journal of Social Work Practice Andrew Tyson

    Paper by Andrew Tyson and Bronwen Williams concerning the way in which social work professionals describe their engagement with Self-Directed Support and it's impact on their working lives.

  • A Voice and a Choice

    Discussion paper on overcoming the barriers faced by people with mental health problems in getting to direct their support.

Last Updated : 24 March 2011. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.