Department of Health launches draft guidance on single assessment process

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    Department of Health launches draft guidance on single
    assessment process

    Social workers have been urged to prepare for the new health and
    social care single assessment process for older people, due to come
    into effect from April 2002.

    The call comes in the Department of Health’s draft consultation
    guidance on the process published this week. “Social workers should
    be prepared to update their skills and knowledge so that they are
    able to work effectively with older people, other disciplines and
    the assessment procedures,” it says.

    Social workers must also be able to accurately identify
    colleagues who will be best placed to carry out in-depth
    assessments.

    The guidance stresses the need for agreed local approaches to
    the process to be established with a person-centred, standardised,
    and out-come centred approach.

    N The draft guidance is available from www.doh.gov.uk and consultation
    ends September 26, with final guidance expected in October.

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