Publications/guidance

Administration of medicines in care homes (with nursing) for older people by care assistants. This guidance sets out good practice measures for the safe management and handling of medicines in care homes (with nursing) for older people by care assistants. The guidance includes: the legal framework for the administration of prescribed medicines for a named individual by care assistants; and safety and quality assurance requirements.

A practical guide to healthy caring. The Care Act 2014 introduced new duties on local authorities and health bodies to provide information and support to carers. This guide provides information and advice to carers about staying healthy whilst caring and identifies the support available to help carers maintain their health and wellbeing. While it is aimed at carers of any age, it is particularly relevant for carers aged around 65 years and those new to caring.

Care after cure: Creating a fast track pathway from hospitals to homes. This report from ResPublica argues that delayed transfers of care, and the high costs that go with caring for patients who no longer need specialist acute care, must be resolved to free up much needed hospital capacity. It examines how to reduce pressures on the NHS by making better use of existing residential care facilities, and asks what is needed to allow residential care to step up and take on a more substantial role in the health and social care ecosystem through working more closely with providers of healthcare. The report proposes a 'Fast Track Discharge Fund', worth more than £3bn over the next five years and funded out of existing NHS budgets, to both pay for residential care beds to accommodate patients with no medical need to be in hospital, and invest in skills, training and facilities within the residential care sector.

End of Life Care Audit. The results of the new end of life care audit run by the Royal College of Physicians show that there has been steady progress in the care of dying people since the previous audit carried out in 2013 and published in 2014. The audit, funded by NHS England and Marie Curie, and commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), is the first to be carried out following the official withdrawal of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) in 2014, although some hospitals had already started to replace the LCP with local policies before the previous audit. The new audit is a much more detailed investigation of the care of dying people against the five priorities of care established in ‘One Chance to Get it Right’, but includes some similar questions to the 2013 audit, to allow direct comparisons. 

Commissioning person centred end of life care – a toolkit for health and social care. This updated guide identifies the main elements involved in commissioning end of life care services, explains the commissioning cycle in practical terms and offers a staged approach. It also provides a wide range of links to tools and sources of support for both commissioners and providers of services. It showcases good practice and seeks to indicate what a well-commissioned end of life care service looks like. 

A practical guide to healthy caring. The Care Act 2014 introduced new duties on local authorities to provide information and support to carers. This guide provides information and advice to carers about staying healthy whilst caring and identifies the support available to help carers maintain their health and wellbeing. While it is aimed at carers of any age, it is particularly relevant for carers aged around 65 years and those new to caring.

Legislation

Care Act 2014 (Commencement No. 5) Order 2016 (SI 2016/464 (C.25)). This Commencement Order brings certain provisions in the 2014 Act relating to Wales into force on 6 April 2016. 

Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (Commencement No. 3, Savings and Transitional Provisions) Order 2016 (SI 2016/412 (W.130) (C.21)). The 2014 Act imposes duties on local authorities, health boards and Welsh Ministers that require them to work to promote the wellbeing of those who need care and support, or carers who need support. This Order brings the remaining provisions of the 2014 Act into force in Wales on 6 April 2016. 

Welsh local authorities, when exercising their social services functions, must act in accordance with the requirements contained in the Codes of Practice. Local authorities and Local Health Boards must have regard to the statutory guidance in relation to partnership arrangements which are required under s.166 of the Act. 

News

£60m to join up health and social care services. Announces funding from the Welsh Government’s intermediate care fund in 2016-17 to improve care coordination between social services, health, housing, education and the third and independent sector through innovating and enhancing schemes which: support frail and older people; develop integrated services for people with learning disabilities and children with complex needs; and develop an integrated autism service, focusing on a multidisciplinary team to support autism in adults and enhancing existing children’s neuro-developmental services.

Nearly two million patients to receive person-centred support to manage their own care. Announces that NHS England has agreed a deal which will grant nearly 2m people access to more person-centred care as part of its developing Self Care programme. Local NHS organisations and their partners are being invited to apply for free access to patient activation licences, which will help them assess and build their patients’ knowledge, skills and confidence, empowering people to make decisions about their own health and care.