Fair access to care services (FACS): prioritising eligibility for care and support

Prioritising eligibility for care and support

This part of the guide is organised around the four stages of the individual’s and carer’s progress through the adult social care assessment system: initial contact; assessment; support planning; and review. These stages are described in the 2010 DH policy guidance ‘Prioritising need in the context of “Putting people first”: a whole system approach to eligibility for social care’, [1] which will remain in operation until replaced. This updated Practice Guide follows the pattern of the 2010 policy guidance, reflects the findings of a 2012 SCIE survey of current local authority practice and looks ahead to some of the government’s proposals for policy reform.

Each section of the Guide begins with the relevant extract from the 2010 ‘Prioritising need in the context of “Putting people first” guidance (referred to as DH, 2010), and an individual’s or family’s story illustrating some issues arising. The updated Practice Guide material is presented next, and most sections conclude with the intentions of the White Paper or the Care Bill for this area of practice.

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