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Care Act 2014

Resources and support to help implement the Care Act 2014

Care Act: assessment and eligibility: strengths-based approaches

Part of Care Act 2014

This guide summarises the process and the key elements to consider in relation to using a strengths-based approach. Sections provide information on what a strength-based approach is; the information practitioners need to carry out an assessment; using strength-based mapping; and key factors that make a good assessment. It also looks at how local authorities can extend the use of the strengths-based approach from assessments to meeting needs and provides a summary of core local authority duties in relation to conducting a strengths-based approach. It should be read in conjunction with the Care and Support (Assessment) Regulations 2014 and Chapter 6 of the 'Care and support statutory guidance', published by the Department of Health.

Care Act: assessment and eligibility: eligibility determination for the Care Act 2014

Part of Care Act 2014

The aim of this guide is to build on the Care Act statutory guidance by outlining what local authorities need to consider when making an eligibility determination, using the national eligibility criteria. The guide summarises the process and key elements to consider in relation to making an eligibility determination for an adult requiring care. These include eligibility outcomes and criteria for both adults with care and support needs and carers with support needs. Useful resources, such as Skills for Care training material and a checklist of core duties for local authorities, are included.

Cross-border placements

This guidance has been produced to assist local authorities in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) involved in cross-border placements as described in Schedule 1 to the Care Act 2014. Its aim is to support continuity of care across the UK’s borders by setting out clear values and good practice. A cross-border placement is where an adult is being, or has been, placed by an English, Welsh or Scottish local authority or Northern Irish health and social care trust into accommodation in a different UK country in order to meet their social care needs. The guidance covers the key principles, a general overview of the main legal frameworks, the process and reporting arrangements, handling complaints, disputes between authorities and provider failure. Includes short case studies, examples of case law which may have an impact on the setting up of cross-border placements and a list of references.

Commissioning independent advocacy

Part of Care Act 2014

This guide is for local authority staff responsible for commissioning independent advocacy services. It aims to help commissioners in local authorities to think through their new duties and understand what they are required to do to comply with the new requirements of the Care Act 2014. The guide will help commissioners to recognise what a good advocacy service looks like, and to develop flexible approaches to commissioning. The resource was developed using a ‘scope and search’ exercise to identify relevant existing literature in the field of advocacy and commissioning, co-production with potential users of the Care Act and consultation with key stakeholders. Areas covered in the guide include advocacy duties; the promotion of inclusion; providing and reviewing independent advocacy services; good practice in commissioning independent advocacy; and compliance with the Equality Act 2010. It also includes practice examples of commissioning advocacy services.

10 top tips for commissioners: commissioning Independent Mental Health Advocacy services in England

Part of Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)

This briefing provides 10 top tips designed to help commissioners to provide good quality Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) services. The tips cover: understanding the role and responsibilities of IMHA; co-production; strategic needs assessment and asset mapping; outcome-based commissioning, quality and cost; meeting diverse needs; engaging with IMHA providers; IMHA and other forms of advocacy; non-instructed advocacy; out of area placements; and links with health service commissioners.

Care Act: assessment and eligibility: supported self-assessment

Part of Care Act 2014

A short guide providing the key points for practitioners to consider when recommending a supported self-assessment for an adult requiring care, or for their carers with support needs under the Care Act 2014. It looks at delivering a supported self-assessment and at how local authorities can ensure that the supported self-assessment is an accurate and complete reflection of an individuals needs and outcomes. It then covers what needs to be done after the supported self-assessment and assurance process has been completed. Lists the benefits and challenges of supported-assessment and provides a check-list of core duties. The guide should be read in conjunction with the Care and Support (Assessment) Regulations 2014 and Chapter 6 of the statutory guidance.

Guide: ensuring assessment is appropriate and proportionate

Part of Care Act 2014

A quick guide to providing appropriate and proportionate assessment under the Care Act 2014 for adults requiring care or their carer. It looks at what makes an assessment appropriate and proportionate; provides information on conducting an assessment; the importance of using a person-centred approach when carrying out assessment; and what happens following assessment. It highlights the need for the self-assessment process is flexible enough to be adapted to any individuals needs and circumstances to ensure their maximum participation. The guide also highlights the importance of information and data sharing as part of the assessment process, and the different levels of consent needed to share information in adult and carer's assessments. A check list of core duties and a list of useful references are included. The guide should be read in conjunction with the Care and Support (Assessment) Regulations 2014 and Chapter 6 of the statutory guidance.

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