The Personal Plan is a Highland Health and Social Care initiative currently being developed in two phases to replace the Highland Single Shared Assessment (SSA). A new care pathway is currently being trialled in the Lochaber area.
A single point of access will enable people in need of a care service to receive a timely response from a care professional followed by faster decision-making and allocation of resources.
The partnership response will be support people to remain physically and mentally healthy, active and independent or to access intensive or specialist services where these are required.
The Personal Plan is designed to be a professional assessment tool that captures minimum or comprehensive details depending on the adult’s circumstances to ensure an appropriate, timely and proportionate response from the adult service. It will be an integrated seamless assessment which will enable a set of outcomes to be identified and achieved.
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- Development of the Plan
- Policies, Procedures and Guidance informing the Personal Plan in Highland
The Partnership Pathway (access, response and decision-making process) and development of the Personal Plan (assessment tool) has been enhanced through a range of policy initiatives, progressed at a National level, since 2006.
- action to enhance support for carers and the development of a revised Carers Strategy;
- publication of an on-line 'Commissioning Effective Services for Older People Workbook' to assist local partnerships estimate future need and demand for services;
- action following Lord Sutherland’s Independent Review of Free Personal and Nursing Care (2008), to improve the clarity and consistency of access to care services for older people;
- progress of the 'Shifting the Balance of Care' agenda to move resources and activity from hospital and residential settings into the community, including the identification of 8 high impact changes;
- publication of the 'Long-Term Conditions Toolkit' (HDL (2007)10) and local Action Plans;
- publication of 'Living and Dying Well' (October 2008), the national action plan for palliative and end of life care;
- publication of the 'Delivery Framework for Adult Rehabilitation in Scotland' and 'Falls Prevention Guidance' (HDL (2007)13);
- publication of revised guidance on 'NHS Continuing Healthcare' (CEL 6(2008);
- confirmation of dementia as a national priority and progress of a range of programmes to improve support for people with dementia and their carers;
- publication of 'National Guidance on Self Directed Support' (CCD7/2007);
- publication of 'Equally Well' (June 2008) and the 'Equally Well Implementation Plan' (December 2008) on reducing health inequalities;
- the 'Review of Older People’s Housing' (2005-2008) and follow-up action to improve sheltered housing options and enable older people to remain at home;
- further roll-out of the Telecare Programme and Telehealth developments
- consultation on revised guidance on Equipment and Adaptations;
- establishment of the Care Information Scotland national community care information service for older people from early 2009;
- continuing progress with the 'Changing Lives' agenda to build capacity and a confident, competent care workforce; and
- Development of the 'Community Care Outcomes Framework';
- 'Better Together' (Long Term Conditions) NHS Scotland
The Personal Plan will be designed to capture details about:
- the person
- the person’s relationships, family, friends and community
- the person's environment
The plan will aim to achieve the Outcomes important for all adults with social care issues and needs, such as:
- Improved health and emotional well-being
- Improved quality of life
- Making a positive contribution
- Informed Choice and control
- Freedom from discrimination
- Economic well-being
- Personal dignity
- Unpaid carers support & quality of life improved
The development of the personal plan is underpinned by existing community care legislation
- Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 Under section 12A of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968, local authorities have a duty to assess any adult (i.e. person over 18) who they believe may need community care services.
- Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002
- Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (Scotland) Act 1970
- Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000
- Carers Recognition and Services Act 1995
- Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003
- Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007
- National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990
- Disability Discrimination Act 1995
- Disability Discrimination Act 2005
- Disabled Persons (Services, Consultation and Representation) Act 1986
- Housing (Scotland) Act 1987
- Equalities legislation
The welfare legislation detailed is not an exhaustive list.
- Community Care Outcomes Framework and Talking Points
- Personalisation Agenda and Self Directed Support
- Carers Strategy
- Highland Data sharing protocol
- Data & National Minimum Information Sharing Standards
- Single Shared Assessment framework
The Personal Plan will promote an equality impact assessment on age, religion belief, and sexual orientation.
Also In This Section:
- Integrated Resource Framework (IRF) for Health and Social Care
- Personal Plan