Direct Payments

Valid until March 2020.

What are Direct Payments?

Direct Payments, which are sometimes referred to as Self Directed Support, are an alternative way of having your needs met after your community care or children’s services assessment has identified them.

Once you have your needs assessed you can choose to receive services from the local authority or you can choose to have a cash payment instead so that you can buy the service directly for yourself.

Orkney Health and Care will calculate the amount of the Direct Payment based on an individual assessment of your care needs.

Direct Payment money must be used to purchase services to meet your agreed care needs.

Direct Payments will not be regarded as adding to your income for the calculation of income related social security benefits.

More detailed guidance is available- ask your Social Worker / Occupational Therapist / Rehabilitation Officer for this. Information is also available at from the 'Related Sites' section of this page.

Who can receive Direct Payments?

You can receive Direct Payments if:

Why would I want Direct Payments?

What can I use Direct Payments for?

What are my responsibilities?


If at any time you are not satisfied with the action or decision of Orkney Health and Care, you can use our complaints procedure.

A complaints leaflet is available at all our Council Offices.

Useful Addresses

Duty Worker, Adult Social Work Team

Orkney Health and Care, Orkney Islands Council, Council Offices, Kirkwall, KW15 1NY.

Telephone: 01856873535.

Independent Living Project

Orkney Carers Centre, The Travel Centre, West Castle Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1GU.

Telephone: 01856870777.

Advocacy Orkney

Orkney Counselling and Support Centre, The Travel Centre, West Castle Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1GU.
Telephone: 01856870111.

Related Sites

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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