Timetable mismatch hits assessments

    The single assessment process for older people is being hampered
    by a lack of co-ordination with government plans to introduce
    electronic care records in the NHS, according to a Department of
    Health official.

    Seamus Breen, who leads on the SAP for the DoH’s health and
    social care change agent team, said that while progress had
    generally been good, the necessary IT infrastructure for sharing
    information across social services and health was not in place.

    “There would be better progress if the national IT agenda was
    working to the same timescale,” Breen said.
    SAP, including its information sharing systems, should have been in
    place by April 2004. But the full integration of health and social
    care records in the NHS is due to be completed by 2010.

    Breen’s comments follow publication of a survey by consultancy
    Capita showing that half of English councils are yet to start
    implementing electronic social care records for live cases.

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