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Adult social care policies and strategies

Our policies refers to a set of rules we make for decision making:

The Care Act 2014 puts a responsibility on local authorities to ensure good information, advice and guidance is in place (including advocacy) for people who have social care needs or may have them in the future. The reason for this is to help local people maintain their own independence for as long as possible and make good decisions about care and support  when the need arises.

We have developed our Information, Advice and Advocacy Strategy (PDF) which sets out our priorities for information, advice and advocacy for 2015-2018.

Adult services market position statement.

Local Account

The Local Account outlines the delivery our plans and priorities for adult social care services in Bedford Borough.

Single assessment process

This is a system of care management that covers assessment, care planning service delivery and review.
Single Assessment Process is standard two, meaning health and social care professionals will work together to deliver services to adults and older people.
It will:

  • promote better care services and better outcomes for older people
  • prevent duplication of information
  • provide effective sharing of information between health and social care professionals.

Related documents

Joint Commissioning strategies

2013-2017

Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have co-produced joint commissioning strategies for Bedford Borough:

These documents set out our joint priorities for 2013-2017.

The strategies incorporate the views of all our key stakeholders and most importantly, the views of users and carers collected at stakeholder events prior to completion.

The strategies also include health and social care needs which have been identified through our recently completed joint strategic needs assessment and the views of all our community expressed through the Bedford Borough Assembly conferences.

Information Advice and Advocacy Strategy

The Care Act 2014 puts a responsibility on local authorities to ensure good information, advice and guidance is in place (including advocacy) for people who have social care needs or may have them in the future.

The reason for this is to help local people maintain their own independence for as long as possible and make good decisions about care and support when the need arises.

We have developed our Information, Advice and Advocacy Strategy which sets out our priorities for information, advice and advocacy for 2015-2018

Autism Strategy for Bedfordshire 2011 - 2014

In March 2010 the Department of Health published Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives: the strategy for adults with autism in England. This document set out the Government's vision for how statutory services supporting adults with autism needed to change and develop to better meet people's needs.

This was followed in December 2012 by the statutory guidance, entitled Implementing Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives and applied to local authorities and NHS organisations only.

Bedford Borough Council has been working in partnership with NHS Bedfordshire, South Essex Partnership Trust (SEPT), Autism Bedfordshire and two other Bedfordshire local authorities to develop a joint strategy.

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