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The care act – revolutionising adult social care?

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09 Sep 2014
As a specialist legal recruiter for locums within local authorities, I have a real interest in current affairs and what is happening within the market we recruit to. In my latest blog, I discussed the changes within the locum market and how changes in the law have an affect on what we recruit to. Adult social care has been a pressing topic following on from the Cheshire West case which saw a substantial increase in the need for locums across local authorities nationwide.

From speaking with locums and clients, legal services within local authorities are preparing and implementing procedures ready for the Care Act to take affect early 2015. The Care Act is making the headlines within Blogs, LinkedIn and recently published articles. So what is it all about?

The Care Act is one of the biggest changes to Adult social care law in over 60 years with it being fully implemented by April 2015/6. Key areas of the Care Act are as follows;
  • Introduction of a national eligibility criteria
  • The extension of local authority adult social care responsibility to include prisons with funding of £11.2 million
  • New responsibilities around transition, provider failure, supporting people who move between local authority areas and safeguarding
  • Assessments for the cap on care costs: £175 million.
Local authorities nationwide are currently working to make sure their residents who need care will benefit from the new improvements being implemented however this transformation comes at a time when public funding is faced with unprecedented cuts.

I follow  the 'Adult Safeguarding and advocacy' group on Linkedin to follow the latest news and opinions from professionals within the field and an argument which seems reoccurring was one in which government have not set adequate funding for local authorities to implement the Care Act.

Sellick Partnership are going to be hosting a CPD event in London and Manchester on this topic and I would be keen to hear what areas are of interest for training within adult social care and what would benefit you? Email me at chelsey.newsom@sellickpartnership.co.uk  to share your ideas.

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