Single assessment in the spotlight

Posted on December 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A conference dealing with the impact of a single assessment of older people¹s needs will be held in London on March 19. A single assessment process was proposed in the NHS Plan and National Service Framework for Older People. It is intended to bring about a more standardised form of assessment, putting people at the centre of the process and looking at their overall needs. A single assessment process is also expected to increase co-ordination and continuity and reduce duplication. Organised by Laing & Buisson, the conference will explore the question of how to get a reliable and validated assessment system for older people quickly ­ a system usable by health and social care, by commissioners and providers, the public and independent sectors, within which the many different professions involved can engage. Many people believe the present assessment process needs to be changed as too many people are bewildered about the process of being assessed, and too many preventable conditions are being missed. For furth

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