CQC Quality Statements

Theme 1 – Working with People: Supporting people to live healthier lives

We Statement

We support people to manage their health and wellbeing so they can maximise their independence, choice and control. We support them to live healthier lives and where possible, reduce future needs for care and support.

What people expect

I can get information and advice about my health, care and support and how I can be as well as possible – physically, mentally and emotionally.

I am supported to plan ahead for important changes in my life that I can anticipate.

1. The Access and Information Service

See also Information and Advice chapter.

Access and Information is the first stage in the customer journey providing a single point of contact for all calls and enquiries to adult social care. A wide variety and number of calls are received by adult social care and it is important that customers get the right response to their enquiry in a timely manner. The practitioner receiving the call from the adult with care and support needs, their carer or a professional, will discuss the query with the caller to ensure they are referred to the right service in a timely manner. This process is called screening.

The team should resolve all questions and requests so far as they are able. The team should also ensure that action is taken to ensure the immediate safety of adults experiencing, or at risk of abuse or neglect including initial assessment, responding to ‘no replies’ and referral to the Adult Safeguarding Team as appropriate (see Safeguarding Procedures).

The team should also refer into the appropriate team in adult social care and are able to give information and make referrals to community based and voluntary sector resources.

2. Outputs and Outcomes

The outputs from this service are:

  • signposting: advice and information offered and enquiry closed;
  • referral on: to next stage of customer journey, for example reablement, case management;
  • referral on: to community provision, voluntary sector, health, housing, leisure, community safety and so on;
  • amendment to care and support plan;
  • provision of one off pieces of equipment;
  • assessment to ensure immediate safety including response to ‘no replies;
  • action to ensure immediate safety;
  • referral within the adult safeguarding procedures.

The outcomes from this service are:

  • reduced delay and waiting times for service;
  • increased numbers of referrals to right place first time;
  • increased efficiency, reduced costs, reduced handoffs;
  • increased numbers of people enabled to remain independent in their own homes;
  • increased numbers of people accessing local community based services.

3.  Further Reading

3.1 Relevant chapters

Information and Advice

Promoting Wellbeing

Preventing, Reducing or Delaying Needs

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