Care Act 2014 – key information for providers

The Care Act 2014, together with a range of regulations and statutory guidance, is the base upon which social care will develop over the next few decades. It enshrines the new statutory principle of individual wellbeing, the driving force behind the Act, and makes it the responsibility of local authorities to promote wellbeing when carrying out any of their care and support functions.

Most of the Act’s changes take effect from April 2015. However, the major reforms to the way social care is funded, including the care cap and care account and new power to establish an appeals mechanism, will not come into operation until April 2016.

Although the legislative base is totally different, in practice much will remain the same for providers. 

The council is working with providers to ensure they are prepared for the implications of the Care Act. A special Adult Social Care pan-provider forum held in November 2014 introduced the Care Act and challenged providers to think about how they can ensure their business is prepared for forthcoming changes.

Commissioned providers were invited to masterclass sessions aimed at senior management during January and February. Documents from these sessions: summary notes, Care Act principles, assessments and care plans, Personal budgets and resource allocation, new challenges

For more read the notes on the November pan-provider forum Care Act session.

Documents from the Information, Advice and Advocacy (March 23) workshop: presentation

Useful links – Care Act

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

View the short film on the Care Act by SCIE.

Skills for Care

Learning and development materials

A suite of learning and development materials developed by Skills for Care and the National Skills Academy for Social Care in partnership with The College of Social Work (TCSW). The materials are an introduction to the changes brought about by the Care Act 2014.

They are intended as a first step towards building a competent workforce in relation to the Act by providing information and learning about those changes. These training materials are one tool that can be used to support staff along the journey. 

The materials are designed to be adapted and used by leaders, managers, self-directed learners, and learning and development professionals in the sector using their professional judgement.

Care Act workforce readiness tool

Many organisations have seemed unsure where and how to start planning for the changes. The Care Act workforce readiness tool has been developed to support you with this. The tool will help you reflect upon your current workforce, its skills and knowledge, and how the Act may require a change of approach. Answer the questions in the online tool and you will receive an individual ‘readiness report’ via email.

Resources to support you with the new Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections

New website landing page targeted at registered managers of CQC registered providers – information given about the new inspection regime and how Skills for Care resources can help. 

Recommendations for CQC providers’ guide – this new online guide provides information and advice related to:

  • care management and leadership
  • recruiting and retaining the right people
  • inducting care workers
  • induction related training
  • continuing development
  • intelligence, innovation and quality improvements.

You can also find other information about CQC regulations.

Resources to support you with implementing the care certificate

The Care Certificate is an agreed set of standards that define the minimum expectations of what care should look like across social care and health has been developed. It has been developed in partnership by Skills for Care, Skills for Health and Health Education England. Find out about helpful materials.

Please let us know of any queries. We will collate them, and post more links or consider arranging training if necessary. 

Orenda O'Brien Davis
Market Infrastructure Officer
Tel: 020 7364 0277