SCIE press release

Draft national eligibility criteria for adult care and support

28 June 2013

The Department of Health has today issued a discussion document “Draft national minimum eligibility threshold for adult care and support”. The Care and Support Transformation Group established by the Department of Health has set up a Task and Finish Group to support the work on assessment and eligibility.  Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence has been asked to chair this group.

Her is SCIE’s comment.

I am pleased that the Department of Health has taken this opportunity to engage with people using services, carers and everyone working in the sector at this early stage in the development of the eligibility criteria regulations.  This is part of a significant change in the care and support system and it is important to take time to get it right and to hear from everyone affected.

At SCIE we will be considering our own response to the draft regulations and I would encourage people to also express their views.  The document sets out three key particular areas for consideration – what are the implications of the draft regulations; what are the practical implications for implementation; and what other issues should be considered when finalising them?  All are important questions and I look forward to working with the members of the Care and Support Transformation Task and Finish Group to help the Department of Health address the issues that will undoubtedly be raised.

Andrea Sutcliffe, SCIE’s chief executive.

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