As putting disabled and older people at the heart of decision-making is central to government policy for adult social care and the well-being of the individual is the primary principle of the Care Bill going through Parliament, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has updated their guides on fair access to care services (FACS).

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Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have recently updated their guides on eligibility and assessment. The guide takes account of changes in the policy and practice including the strong emphasis on more integrated working with the NHS.

The Care Bill puts an emphasis on early intervention, prevention and enablement. People should have easy access to information and advice they can use to make their own decisions, manage their own support arrangements and stay as independent as possible. There will be a new national framework for assessment and eligibility.

The updated practice guide ‘Facts about FACS’, on good practice in applying current policy on assessment and deciding eligibility. It takes account of changes in the policy, resource and practice environments since 2010, including the strong emphasis on more integrated working with the NHS. And it makes links to the new provisions of the Care Bill, due to begin implementation in 2015.

The updated guide should be helpful not only to social workers and social care staff taking part in the assessment process, but also to GPs and other NHS staff increasingly engaged in joint assessment and commissioning.

You can see the full details of the fair access to care services (FACS): prioritising eligibility for care and support here.

This is a great resource for everyone in the sector and as the integration of health and social care plays such a large part in the plans for providers like us at HomeCareDirect it is great to have such a useful resource available to us all.