A consultation on the Common Assessment Framework for adults has been published by the Department of Health.
The consultation includes assessment and care planning methods, asks what information should be shared, and also covers confidentiality and IT.
The Department of Health said the consultation would run alongside the first wave of three-year pilot sites. It expected to launch these soon ahead of bids for a second round of pilots, which will be sought in the summer.
Care services minister Phil Hope said the CAF would be increasingly important as more people took control of commissioning their own care.
” I want this consultation to bring about real changes in the system, to make our health and social care services work better around the needs of service users,” he said.
The CAF, modelled on the framework for children, was proposed in the 2006 white paper, Our Health, Our Care, Our Say.
The consultation runs until April 2009.