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The Care Act represents the most significant reform of care and support in more than 60 years, putting people and their carers in control of their care and support. For the first time, the Act will put a limit on the amount anyone will have to pay towards the costs of their care.

And, crucially, the Act delivers key elements of the government’s response to the Francis Inquiry into the awful events at Mid Staffordshire hospital, increasing transparency and openness and helping drive up the quality of care across the system.

Care and support is something that nearly everyone in this country will experience at some point in their lives; even if you don’t need care yourself, you will probably know a family member or friend who does, or you may care for someone. And many more of us will need care in the future so it is important for us to have a modern system that can keep up with the demands of a growing ageing population.

Until now it’s been almost impossible for people who need care, carers, and even those who manage the care system, to understand how the previous law affecting them worked. Over nearly 70 years it has been added to again and again and is out of date and confusing. The Care Act has created a single, modern law that makes it clear what kind of care people should expect.

Introduction

You will no doubt be aware of the massive implications of the Care Act and its impact on a range of organisations and of course members of the public here in Dudley.

As part of our preparations for implementation from April 2015 the council in partnership with Healthwatch Dudley and other partners have held a series of bite-sized, topic based, workshops during October and November based on a “…in a nutshell” brand. The topics for the workshops were taken from the DoH Care Act factsheets.

:: See combined feedback from the workshops

Providers may also want to see the The Care Act 2014 for providers presentation from the Department of Health, ADASS, LGA and the Care Provider Alliance Decemeber 2014.

Workshop 1 “Information and Prevention in a Nutshell” – Event has now been held – see associated presentations below.
Tuesday 7th October 2014, 10.00 till 12.30 Venue: Insight House, Parsons Street, Brierley Hill

Under the Care Act, local authorities will take on new functions. This is to make sure that people who live in their areas:

• receive services that prevent their care needs from becoming more serious, or delay the impact of their needs;

• can get the information and advice they need to make good decisions about care and support;

• have a range of high-quality care providers to choose from.

Local authorities will need to provide comprehensive information and advice about care and support services in their local area. This will help people to understand how care and support services work locally, the care and funding options available, and how people can access care and support services.

Workshop 2 “Social Care – What does the Care Act mean for eligibility to care and support” – Event has now been held – see associated presentations below.
Wednesday 8th October 2014, 10.00 till 12.30

The Act creates a single, consistent route to establishing an entitlement to public care and support for all adults with needs for care and support.

Workshop 3 “Social Care – Who Pays & Self Funders in a Nutshell” – Event has now been held – see associated presentations below.
Wednesday 15th October 2014, 10.00 till 12.30

The Act sets out a clearer approach to charging and financial assessment.

The Act also establishes the new capped costs system from April 2016. This will end the unfairness and fear caused by unlimited care costs, and will mean that people with more modest assets receive more support from the State.

Workshop 4 “Integration and Personalisation in a Nutshell” – Event has now been held – see associated presentations below.
Wednesday 22nd October 2014, 10.00 till 12.30

The Act will require us to use personalisation as well as developing better integration with Health to provide more effective pathways to care.

Workshop 5 “Safeguarding People in Dudley in a Nutshell” – Event has now been held – see associated presentations below.
Wednesday 29th October , 10.00 till 12.30

Adult safeguarding” is the process of protecting adults with care and support needs from abuse or neglect. It is an important part of what many public services do, and a key responsibility of local authorities, providers and everybody.

Workshop 6 “Caring for the Carers in a Nutshell” – Event has now been held – see associated presentations below.
Thursday 6th November, 10.00 till 12.30

For the first time the Act provides a single, consistent route to establishing an entitlement to public care and support for carers.

Workshop 7 “Shaping the Market and Continuity of care in a Nutshell” – Event has now been held – see associated presentations below.
Wednesday 12th November 2014, 10.00 till 12.30

Developing appropriate providers in the local market and ensuring continuity when moving area or provider.

Workshop 8 “Moving from Children’s to Adult social care in a Nutshell” – Event has now been held – see associated presentations below.
Wednesday 19th November 2014, 10.00 till 12.30

Ensuring a smooth transition for children using services into adulthood and adult services.

Workshop 9 “Regulation in Healthcare in a Nutshell” – Event has now been held – see associated presentations below.
Wednesday 26th November 2014, 10.00 till 12.30

Ensuring that regulations and monitoring across health and social care providers prevent major failures in the health and social care economy

If you would like to book a place over the telephone please contact Karen Heath on 01384 816955 or e-mail Karen on Karen.heath@dudley.gov.uk

Care Act workshops Poster

Update – July 2014

Consultation on the draft regulations and guidance for the implementation of the Care Act in 2015/16

The Department of Health have issued their draft regulations and guidance on the Care Act with a consultation open until 15th August 2014.

The Directorate of Adult, Community and Housing Services will be submitting views on the draft regulations, so if you have any comments, please email Karen Heath.

:: view care act consultation

:: view care act consultation in easy read

:: visit department of health consultation page

Presentations

Department of Health

The Department of Health has issued a series of factsheets to accompany Part 1 of the Care Act 2014.They provide an overview and the duties and powers local authorities will have in the future.

Training

‘An introduction to the Care Act’ training programme will be presented on 30 July. The presentation will be posted here shortly after.

Further training days are expected in September/October and this will be communicated to staff as and when.

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