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Local authority needs assessment

NICE Guideline NG22 - Older people with social care needs and multiple long-term conditions
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

The process by which a local authority works with a person to identify their needs and the outcomes they would like to achieve to maintain or improve their wellbeing. The local authority's aim is to determine how it should respond to meet the person's needs.

Source: Stakeholder discussions

A local authority needs assessment (or care and support needs assessment) focuses on the eligibility criteria set out in the Care Act. A care provider may also carry out their own assessment to identify the details of a person's wishes and needs for care and support.

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