Social care in England: A guide for nursing staff

25 March 2014
Provides a brief overview of the current state of play regarding social care provision in England including: the current system and its problems; changes consequent from the Health and Social Care Act 2012; recent proposals for reforming the system and RCN policy positions in relation to some of the proposed changes.
Care needs to be assessed in a simple and nationally consistent way; advice and information is required to help families plan for the future and guide them through the system; and better integration of NHS and social care services are needed to avoid delays in discharge from hospital and transfer of care to the home setting.

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