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Adult Social Care Glossary, v 0.41

Combined assessment

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Definition or reference in Statutory Guidance
Care and Support Statutory Guidance

6.3 An assessment must always be appropriate and proportionate. It may come in different formats and can be carried out in various ways, including but not limited to: [...] - a combined assessment, where an adult's assessment is combined with a carer'.s assessment and/or an assessment relating to a child so that interrelated needs are properly captured and the process is as efficient as possible. Combining assessments 6.74 Local authorities may combine an assessment of an adult needing care and support or of a carer with any other assessment it is carrying out either of that person or another where both the individual and carer agree, and the consent condition is met in relation to a child. This will also avoid the authority carrying out 2 separate assessments when the 2 assessments are intrinsically linked. If either of the individuals concerned does not agree to a combined assessment, then the assessments must be carried out separately.

Definition or reference in Statutory Guidance
Care and Support Statutory Guidance, para 15.14

15.14 Local authorities, together with their partners, should consider combining or aligning key processes in the care and support journey, where there may be benefit to the individual concerned from linking more effectively. Combined assessments should only take place in suitable circumstances and where assessors are trained to do so. For example, combining assessments may allow for a clearer picture of the person's needs holistically, and for a single point of contact with the person to promote consistency of experience, so that provision of different types of support can be aligned. A number of assessments could be carried out on the same person, for example a care and support needs assessment, health assessment and continuing healthcare assessments. Where it is not practicable for assessments to be conducted by the same professional, it may nonetheless be possible to align processes to support a better experience, for example, the second or third assessor could be obliged to read the first assessment (provided there is a lawful basis for sharing the information) and not ask any information that has already been collected, or the different bodies could work together to develop a single, compatible assessment tool. Local authorities have powers to carry out assessments jointly with other parties, or to de-delegate the function in its entirety.

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