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Adult Social Care Glossary, v 0.41

Joint assessment

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Definition or reference in primary legislation
Care Act 2014, S.12(7)

(7) Where a local authority is carrying out a needs or carer's assessment, and there is some other assessment being or about to be carried out in relation to the adult to whom the assessment relates or in relation to a relevant person, the local authority may carry out that other assessment-- (a) on behalf of or jointly with the body responsible for carrying it out, or (b) if that body has arranged to carry out the other assessment jointly with another person, jointly with that body and the other person.

Definition or reference in Statutory Guidance
Care and Support Statutory Guidance, paras 6.3 and 7.23

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 joint assessment, where relevant agencies work together to avoid the person undergoing multiple assessments (including assessments in a prison, where local authorities may need to put particular emphasis on cross-agency cooperation and sharing of expertise)

7.23 Under the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) certain people, known as qualifying patients, are entitled to the help and support from an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA). Section 117 of the MHA places a duty on the NHS and local authorities to provide aftercare and this will usually involve a joint assessment (often under the Care Programme Approach) including an assessment of the person's care and support needs, a care and support or support plan and subsequent review (which may reach a decision that a person is no longer in need of aftercare). Those people who do not retain a right to an IMHA, whose care and support needs are being assessed, planned or reviewed should be considered for an advocate under the Care Act, if they have substantial difficulty in being involved and if there is no appropriate person to support their involvement (see paragraph 7.32).

Plain English definition
Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) Jargon Buster

There are two possible meanings to the term 'joint assessment': having the needs of the person who cares for you assessed at the same time as your own needs, or having an assessment carried out by more than one type of care professional at the same time.

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