Here to help with questions relating to learning disability and its impact on family carers
The Care Act 2014 was enacted in 2014. As of April 2015, the Act and supporting guidance place a series of new duties and responsibilities on local authorities about care and support for adults.
The Act has been described as the most significant legislative change affecting care provision ‘in the last 60 years’ or ‘since the introduction of the Welfare State in 1948’. It supersedes much previous legislation and associated statutory guidance.
(The Care Act applies only to England, but other UK legislation has much in common with it: residents of Wales will be affected by the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 , and of Scotland by the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013). Continue reading
The Health and Social Care Act 2012, enacted on 27th March, is the most extensive reorganisation of the structure of the National Health Service in England to date. It proposes the abolition of NHS primary care trusts (PCTs) and Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs). Thereafter, £60 to £80 billion of “commissioning”, or health care funds, would be transferred from the abolished PCTs to several hundred “clinical commissioning groups”, partly run by the general practitioners (GPs) in England. Continue reading
Rescare was closely involved in the consultations during the drafting of legislation that eventually became the Mental Capacity Act 2005, often referred to as the MCA.
A summary of the contents of the Act may be found here on the DirectGov website:- http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/governmentcitizensandrights/mentalcapacityandthelaw/makingdecisionsforsomeoneelse/dg_186479 .
The Mental Capacity Act provides a framework to empower and protect people who may lack capacity to make some decisions for themselves. Continue reading
Valuing People (‘A New Strategy for Learning Disability for the 21st Century’) was a government White Paper published in March 2001, by the Department of Health, who during the consultation process assumed the role of ‘lead department’.
The introduction to the White Paper explained its significance:
This is the first White Paper on learning disability for thirty years and sets out an ambitious and challenging programme of action for improving services. Continue reading