Continuity of care
The continuity of care provisions in the Act mean that people with care and support needs who wish to move from one local authority area to another, will be able to do so with confidence about what care and support they are likely to receive in the new authority, and with assurance that there will be no gap in their care and support when they move.
The new provisions mean that people will be supported throughout the period of their move until the new local authority has completed a new assessment and put in place care and support to meet their needs in the new area.
The draft guidance on continuity of care covers:
- making informed decisions to move, confirming the intention to move, supporting people to be fully involved in the process
- what to take into account when planning the move
- how to ensure continuity of the person’s care if the second local authority has not carried out an assessment ahead of the day of the move
- what local authorities must have regard to when they have not completed an assessment on the day of the move