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New resources launched to support effective assessment on the frontline

29 October 2014
Research in Practice for Adults Good assessment handbook and practice tool

Research in Practice for Adults have produced two new resources to meet the current needs and priorities of organisations working in adult social care. The Good assessment handbook and practice tool have been developed to support leaders, managers and practitioners in developing and implementing good assessment across their services.

The Care Act (2014) introduces a number of changes that affect assessment practice. These changes will require assessors to work differently. There will be more assessments to carry out, due to the increase in carers’ and self-funders’ assessments. Assessment practice will require greater professional judgement, both from individual assessors regarding proportionality and from organisations as to who undertakes the assessment.

“From April 2015, the Care Act will introduce significant changes to assessment in adults’ services. Assessors must be ready to promote well-being; reduce needs; integrate care and support; and provide information and advice, using new national eligibility criteria.”

(Gerry Nosowska, author of Supporting good assessment: practice tool and Good assessment: a practitioners’ handbook. Read her article on good assessment.)

This handbook and tool were developed to meet needs identified during a Research in Practice for Adults Change Project called Ensuring effective assessment on the frontline, which brought research and practice together to look at how best to ensure good assessment in adult social care. The focus is on supporting people to carry out assessments that are consistently empowering and useful.

The intention of these resources is to enable leaders, managers and practitioners in adult services to respond and meet the many changing demands on the sector, particularly those relating to the Care Act.

Good assessment: a practitioners’ handbook

This unique and groundbreaking handbook is the first of its kind on the market and provides a practical guide to good assessment aimed at practitioners conducting assessments and those who support them. 

 The handbook focuses on three main areas:

  • Good Assessment
  • Good Assessors
  • Good support for assessment.

 Access and download the handbook here. Good assessment: a practitioners’ handbook

Supporting good assessment: practice tool

This practice tool is designed to support the handbook and help practitioners put their knowledge and skills into use. It is made up of four tools to help implement good assessment, good support for assessment and good delegation of assessment.  The tools provide a number of useful questions for organisations and individuals to consider. 

Access and download the tool here. Supporting good assessment: practice tool

These resources provide a follow up and companion to our 2013 publication: Good decision making: practitioners’ handbook

Note on Change Projects:

Change Projects are Action Research projects which share learning and build capacity through resources that address a practice priority. A Change Project starts by scoping the evidence from research, user views, policy and practice to identify what is known to work in an area of practice.

 

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