People not process – Co-production in commissioning

This resource is all about co-production in commissioning. Co-production is an important theme throughout much of the new Care Act 2014. This resource is for anyone affected by the Care Act including people who use services, families, carers, organisations who provide services and people who commission services. It explains all the things that councils should think about to make sure they are working in the way the new Act says they should.

Click here to view the tool.

Care and Support Planning and The Care Act

This video covers what the Care Act and Statutory Guidance says about care and support planning. It looks at what is expected and what it means in practice.

Care Act Guidance Materials

TLAP (Think Local Act Personal) is providing Care Act guidance materials as part of a suite of resources commissioned by the DoH (Department of Health) in partnership with the LGA (Local Government Association) and ADASS (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services) to support those commissioning and providing care and support in implementing the Care Act 2014.

The guidance materials relate to Clause 4, Clauses 25-32, and Clause 5.

Click here to view the resources.

Care Act 2014 Guide Fluctuating needs

This Care Act 2014 guide Fluctuating needs from SCIE (Soicial Care Institute for Excellence) provides an overview of the key elements to consider in order to ensure any form of care assessment undertaken for the person requiring care and their carer takes full account of fluctuating needs.

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Delivering Care and Support Planning

This Delivering Care and Support Planning guidance from Think Local Act Personal is designed to help councils develop their local arrangements and approach to care and support planning for both adults with care and support needs and carers.  It reflects the wellbeing principle of the Care Act (2014), with a particular focus on minimal systems and processes to achieve better outcomes for people.
Click here to download the PDF.

A practical guide to implementing the Care Act for deafblind people

This practical guide to implementing the Care Act for deafblind people from Sense is intended to support senior managers and policy makers involved in implementing the Care Act to enable them to understand the key aspects of the Act that have a bearing on care and support for deafblind people and people with complex needs.

It will also be useful to anyone working in deafblind care and support to understand how the Care Act will impact on their work.

Click here to view the guide in PDF format.

Care Act Guidance from SCIE

The Care Act introduces new responsibilities for local authorities. It also has major implications for adult care and support providers, people who use services, carers and advocates.

SCIE has created a section on their website dedicated to Care Act Guidance, it contains a range of practical resources, training and consultancy to help implement the letter and the spirit of the Care Act.  This work has been developed as part of a wider package of support overseen by the Department of Health, Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.


How prepared are you for the Care Act?

To get started take a look at Skills for Care new workforce readiness tool. This online tool will help you reflect upon your current workforce, its skills and knowledge and how the Care Act may require a change of approach.

Answer the questions in the tool and we will send you an individual ‘readiness report’ via email with links to specific resources that have been identified to support workforce
development in areas where more work may be needed. It is designed to be used more than once depending on the workforce readiness issues you want to explore.

If you want some support to help you think through the issues of implementing change, take a look at their workforce capacity planning model. This will help you start a discussion and guide your thinking, using the different areas to prompt you.

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