There have been some concerns expressed that care home providers will not readmit people after periods in hospital without conducting full, in person assessments of need.
We would like to make clear the legal requirements around this and offer some best practice guidance. This approach applies equally to community adult social care services.
This is clear that providers must undertake a needs assessment before providing a service, and do so in collaboration with the person being cared for or someone with legal powers to make relevant decisions.
This is an important requirement and one of the fundamentals of providing good care.