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Information and Advice:
Care Act 2014
Carl Evans DH
Adult Social Care Discovery Day: 2 March 2015
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Existing legislation related to LA duty to
provide information and advice
• Section 1 of the Chronically Sick and Disabl...
3
Care Act duty on local authorities
• Section 4 of the Care Act places a duty on local authorities to ensure
the availabi...
4
What needs to be provided?
• Information about how the local care and support system
works
• How people can access care ...
5
Is there a change in emphasis?
• Whole population
• Working with partners
• Financial aspects
• Accessible
• Proportiona...
6
Local planning/strategies (1)
• Each local authority will need to develop and implement an information
and advice strate...
7
Local planning/strategies (2)
• In addition or instead of direct provision, local authorities should consider
whether it...
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More information:
Care Act 2014:
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/23/section/9/enacted
Statutory Guidance:
https...
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Information and Advice: Care Act 2014 | Carl Evans | March 2015

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Presentation giving information and advice on the Care Act, covering duty on local authorities. Presented by Carl Evans from the Department of Health at the Adult Social Care Signposting Discovery Day held on 2 March 2015 in London.

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Information and Advice: Care Act 2014 | Carl Evans | March 2015

  1. 1. 1 Information and Advice: Care Act 2014 Carl Evans DH Adult Social Care Discovery Day: 2 March 2015
  2. 2. 2 Existing legislation related to LA duty to provide information and advice • Section 1 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1970/44 • The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (as amended by the Health and Social Care Act 2012). Statutory Guidance was published in March 2013 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/at tachment_data/file/223842/Statutory-Guidance-on-Joint- Strategic-Needs-Assessments-and-Joint-Health-and- Wellbeing-Strategies-March-2013.pdf 2
  3. 3. 3 Care Act duty on local authorities • Section 4 of the Care Act places a duty on local authorities to ensure the availability of information and advice services for all people in its area, regardless of whether or not they have eligible care needs • Local authorities do not have to provide all elements of this service 3
  4. 4. 4 What needs to be provided? • Information about how the local care and support system works • How people can access care and support services • What types of care and support are available • Financial information and advice, including how to access independent financial advice • How to raise concerns about the safety or wellbeing of someone who has care and support needs 4
  5. 5. 5 Is there a change in emphasis? • Whole population • Working with partners • Financial aspects • Accessible • Proportionate 5
  6. 6. 6 Local planning/strategies (1) • Each local authority will need to develop and implement an information and advice strategy or plan that matches their circumstances and meets the needs of its population. • Authorities should lead coordination with other statutory bodies with an interest in care and support, including local Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health and Wellbeing Boards, local Healthwatch and neighbouring local authorities. • Authorities should consider the persons and/or places most likely to come into contact with people in need of information and advice at these and other critical points in the person’s care and support journey. • Authorities should consider whether independent sources of information and advice may in some circumstances be more trusted – and therefore more effective – than the local authority itself 6
  7. 7. 7 Local planning/strategies (2) • In addition or instead of direct provision, local authorities should consider whether it is in a person’s best interests that they be signposted, directed or referred to independent sources of information and advice. • A local authority plan should therefore allow for the urgent provision of information and advice to support people to make important decisions at times of crisis. • Local authorities should work with health organisations and other partners to provide targeted information and advice to people in these critical situations and where people have long-term health conditions such as dementia • Where appropriate, local authorities should signpost or refer people to national sources of information and advice where these are recognised as the most useful source 7
  8. 8. 8 More information: Care Act 2014: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/23/section/9/enacted Statutory Guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/care-act-2014-statutory- guidance-for-implementation Skills for care http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Standards/Care-Act/Learning-and- development/Information-and-advice.aspx TLAP http://www.thinklocalactpersonal.org.uk/Browse/Informationandadvice/

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