What is the Care Act and What impact will it have on care provided in Calderdale?

                                                                                                                                                                                           Anne Ogilvie
Integrated Commissioning Officer
Calderdale MBC
Adults, Health and Social Care


The Care Act 2014 came into effect on 01 April 2015. This is a major piece of legislation which transforms the rights of people with social care needs, their carers and people who fund their own care. 
To meet the requirements of the Act, social care is changing across the country to:

  • Encourage the general wellbeing of residents.
  • Prevent the development of ill health and social care needs.
  • Delay people’s need for personal care services by promoting their independence
  • Implement a person–centred approach which focuses on the needs of the individual rather than the demands of the service.

In Calderdale we are actively developing a social care marketplace which can underpin these requirements, as well as contracting with providers to achieve better outcomes.

Support for carers has been brought into sharper focus.  Local Authorities now have a duty to:

  • Assess carers’ needs regardless of how much care they provide.
  • Meet carers’ needs on a similar basis to those they care for.

So far in Calderdale:

  • A dedicated Transformation Board was set up in July 2014, tasked with ensuring that all the Care Act changes were put in place. This Board still meets regularly to monitor progress.
  • Teams were set up to implement changes to work processes.
  • The Care Management assessment process was redesigned to ensure it was Care Act compliant.
  • Our case management system was updated to meet the needs of the Act.
  • Additional funding was made available to the Carers Fund.
  • All client records can now be identified by their NHS number.
  • Senior Managers received training on the changes in January 2015.  All other staff received training through March and April 2015.
  • Care Act briefing sessions on the changes were held with in-house staff, Providers, Community Groups, Voluntary Groups and User Led Organisations.
  • All leaflets and brochures have been reviewed and updated to ensure that they are Care Act compliant.

If you would like to know more about the Care Act 2014, please get in touch with Ann Ogilvie on 01422 393961 or email ann.ogilvie@calderdale.gov.uk.

You can also find more information online through the following links;

Calderdale Council - Care Act 2014                Age UK Website - The Care Act

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