These are a series of guides to the Care Act 2014 that have been developed by the College of Occupational Therapists, funded by the Department of Health and endorsed by ADASS. They aim to assist occupational therapy practitioners, to understand and deliver some of the key concepts and duties within the Act. They may also be useful to commissioners and others within the health and social care workforce.
The topics currently covered within the series are:
- Disabled Facilities Grant
- Transitions; custodial settings; employment; education and training.
Within each topic, the guides look at the selected areas which potentially have the most implications for the work of occupational therapists. The Care Act 2014 ensures that the focus of the individual and their needs, and their chosen goals or outcomes. Its underpinning precept is that 'the core purpose of adult care and support is to help people achieve the outcomes that matter to them in their life' (DH 2016, section 1.1).
The Act gives adults and their carers a legal entitlement to care and support to meet their eligible needs, recognising that these are different and personal to each individual. Local authorities must consider how to meet each person's specific needs. This requirement is reinforced by a number of principles which must also be incorporated into the care and support activities that are carried out by the local authority. implementation of the Act will require a significant change in practice for many involved in health and social care services, including occupational therapists.