This section provides a summary of how to use this Adults Policies, Procedures and Practice (APPP) resource, and its main features.
- Finding your way around this Resource
- Accessibility Options
- Using the APPP Resource on Mobile Phones and Tablets
- Date of Next Revision
- Register with Us
This site is structured into different sections. On the home page there are five main buttons:
- ASC Procedures – which contains policies, procedures and practice guidance for Hull Adult Social Care staff;
- Practice Hotspots – which will contain information for Hull staff, such as briefings, messages for practice and a social work discussion forum. This will be available by the beginning of February when you will be notified of the password;
- Safeguarding – which contains links to key Hull safeguarding information for adults and children;
- Useful Links – which contains links to a number of key local websites;
- Legislation and National Guidance which contains links to key legislation and national statutory and best practice guidance.
When you are in the ASC Procedures section, there are a number of tabs on the left side of the screen (when viewed on a computer):
- Contents contains the policies, procedures and practice guidance chapters. These are divided into sections which can be viewed by clicking on the arrow on the right of ‘Contents’;
- Resources provides a range of relevant supporting information (see also below). The different sections can also be viewed by clicking on the arrow on the right of ‘Resources’;
- Contact contains local contact details for Hull teams, services and partner organisations. It also has a contact form, for you to send a message to Alison Morley, Professional Practice Officer, who oversee the coordination of this APPP, should you have any comments or suggestions.
This resource has a number of different options to aide online reading. When you are on the home page, choose ‘Accessibility’ drop down menu on the right side of the screen. There is large text, green, blue or pink backgrounds, yellow text on a black background or you can return to the default setting. You can use large text with any of the other options.
In addition, the site is designed to be accessible for users of text only and screen reader software programs which allow blind or visually impaired users to read the text that is displayed on the computer screen with a speech synthesizer or braille display. Our content is consistently structured, including headings, which makes using the software on our site easier. Also, when viewed though screen reader software, every page has a ‘Skip to main content’ link which allows software users to go straight to the main content of that page instead of receiving the full navigation options every time. Please share this information with blind or visually impaired colleagues.
This resource works well on internet enabled mobile phones and tablets by typing in the weblink in the internet address bar. When used on a mobile phone, the website will immediately convert into a mobile phone friendly version, where the tabs sit behind the Menu button. If it does not work straightaway, tap on the refresh circle in the address bar.
If your phone or tablet has a reader option (it may be an ‘R’ or say ‘Reader’ in the address bar, you may have to install it), tap on it and it will convert the text into a more easy to read version for phones or tablets.
The Resources section contains a number of links and documents to supplement the information in chapters. It includes
- Case Law – provides information about recent significant court cases;
- Case Studies – currently populated by case studies from the Care and Support Statutory Guidance, but others will be added in due course;
- CQC Standards and KLOEs – information about the purpose and functions of the CQC.
- Glossary – provides definitions and key terms used;
- Integrated Care – links to organisations and documents related to the health and social care integration agenda;
- Legislation – links to relevant legislation;
- Local Forms, Leaflets, Letters – key local documents and downloads.
- National Guidance and Inquiries – links to national guidance, particularly from ADASS, LGA and SCIE and links to inquiry reports;
- Organisations – links to websites for relevant national organisations;
- Provider Resources – links to guidance and other information and national organisations who provide services and support to provider services;
- Research and Report Briefings – written by the Policy Partners Project to reflect current issues or recently released research reports;
- Safeguarding Adults Review reports – links to significant SARs.
For ease of use, if you can open the resource in two tabs next to each other you can click on the Resources section to consult related resources without leaving the chapter you are reading.
If there are any documents or links you would added to this section, please contact Alison Morley, via the Contact Form.
With each revised edition of this resource, we indicate which chapters are new or have been updated. This information is available in the table below and at the top of the relevant chapter.
|Continuing Healthcare (CHC)||This chapter was amended to reflect the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS Funded Nursing Care guidance which was revised in October 2018. Section 1, Introduction has been updated and links and some text updated throughout.|
|Contract Compliance Inspection Guidance Notes||This section was updated to add a link to the Contract Performance and Quality Team Concern Form.|
|Ordinary Residence||This chapter was amended to include a link to Ordinary Residence Guide: Determining Local Authority Responsibilities under the Care Act and the Mental Health Act published by the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, as above. A flowchart – Establishing Responsibility for Funding under S117 – was also added.|
|Assessing Mental Capacity: Guidance||This chapter has been amended to add a link to the latest version of a Brief Guide to carrying out Capacity Assessments, published by 39 Essex Chambers and Decision-making and Mental Capacity published by NICE.|
|Best Interests Decision Making||This chapter has been amended to link to the latest version of the Best Interests guidance from 39 Essex Chambers.|
|Protection of Property and Pets||This chapter was amended to include links to good practice from the RSPCA and HM Government codes of practice.|
|Dementia: Practice Guidance||This chapter was amended to add more information in Section 8, Safeguarding Adults with Dementia; a link to the Humberside Police Herbert Protocol and a link to Dementia: assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carers published by NICE.|
|Working with People with No Recourse to Public Funds: Practice Guidance||This chapter was updated as a result of local review and should be re-read throughout.|
|Ill Treatment and Wilful (Deliberate) Neglect||This chapter outlines the main offences related to individual workers or organisations working with people with care and support needs.|
|The Care Act||This chapter has been amended to reflect the fact that the cap on care costs, introduced by the Care Act 2014 and planned for 2020, will no longer be implemented.|
|Outcomes in Adult Social Care||This chapter has been amended to include the latest version of the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework 2018-19: Handbook of Definitions.|
|Charging and Financial Assessment||Section 3, Legal Basis for Charging and Financial Assessment was amended to reference case law. Personal injury awards must be disregarded by local authorities when conducting financial assessments unless the court order includes an undertaking to prevent ‘double recovery’. Section 8, Charging and Financial Assessment for Care and Support in Care Homes on a Respite and Short-term Basis has also been amended to reflect a change in the Care and Support Statutory Guidance.|
|Assessing Mental Capacity: Guidance||This chapter has been amended to add a link to a Brief Guide to carrying out Capacity Assessments, published by 39 Essex Chambers.|
|Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards||Section 16, The Role of the Relevant Person’s Representative was amended as a result of case law. The Court of Protection approved the use of general visitors to act as Rule 3A Representatives when there is no one else – such as family members or advocates – available to act for the person who is the subject of the proceedings.|
|Best Interest Decision Making||This chapter has been amended to add a link to A Brief Guide to carrying out Best Interests Assessments, published by 39 Essex Chambers.|
|Section 117 Aftercare||Section 5, Funding Responsibilities for Section 117 Aftercare, was amended to reference case law.|
|Information Sharing and Confidentiality||This chapter was amended to include a link to Confidentiality – Guidance for Registrants, published by the Health and Care Professions Council and make reference to the Data Protection Act 2018.|
|Sight and other Disability Registers||This chapter has been amended due to changes in the Care and Support Statutory Guidance. More detail has also been added particularly in relation to Section 3, The Certificate of Vision Impairment.|
|Customer Access to Records||This chapter has been amended to reflect the Data Protection Act 2018, which came into force in May 2018. Section 1, Introduction is new and steps 1 and 4 in Section 3, Procedural Steps have been updated.|
|Social Media: Minimising Professional Risk||This chapter was updated to include a link to guidance published by the Health and Care Professions Council.|
|Complaints Procedure||This chapter was amended to include a link to Adult Social Care Complaints Resources published by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.|
|Data Protection Act 2018||This chapter is a summary of the new Data Protection Act 2018, including the General Data Protection Regulation.|
|Mental Health Act 1983||This chapter is a summary of the main parts of the Act and the amendments made in 2007.|
|Professional Capabilities Framework||This chapter is a summary of the Professional Capabilities Framework for social workers.|
The Contents has been significantly reordered, to more closely reflect the Care and Support Statutory Guidance. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please use the Search facility.
|Charging and Financial Assessment||A link to a handbook for adults and carers about paying for care and support in Hull has been added, as above. This chapter has been revised throughout and should be re-read.|
|Corporate Appointeeship||This chapter was been significantly amended as a result of local review and should be re-read.|
|End of Life Care||A new Section 4, Addressing Inequalities in End of Life Care and Section 5, Priorities for the Dying Person have been added.|
|Assessing Mental Capacity: Guidance||This chapter has been rewritten and should be reread throughout.|
|Best Interest Decision Making||This chapter has been rewritten and should be reread throughout.|
|Commissioning and Provider Services||A link has been added in the scope box to a quick guide: Managing Care Home Closures (NHS England et al).|
|Out of Area and Cross Border Placements||A link has been added in the scope box to ADASS out of area safeguarding arrangements guidance.|
|Public Authority Deputyship and Appointeeship||This chapter gives guidance on dealing with the property and financial affairs of people who lack the mental capacity to do so themselves.|
|Overview of the Public Authority Deputyship and Appointeeship Process||This chapter gives guidance about Public Authority Deputyship or appointeeship, which is intended to protect the financial interests of adults who lack the mental capacity to manage their own finances and for whom no valid Lasting Power of Attorney is in place.|
|Dementia: Practice Guidance||This chapter provides a summary of some of the main issues of working with people with dementia.|
|Applying for Public Authority Deputyship in Financial Affairs||This chapter gives guidance to staff who have responsibilities and or duties which involve the managing of an adult’s finances.|
|Discharging the Duty to Manage Assets in the Person’s Best Interest: Guidance||This chapter provides guidance about what needs to be considered in order to fulfil the duty to manage a person’s assets in their best interest and processes to follow in a range of circumstances.|
|Sale of Property or Major Assets by a Public Authority Deputy||This chapter provides guidance for staff managing the property and affairs of an adult who lacks capacity, when it is necessary to consider whether to sell their house or other major asset.|
|Monitoring and Review of Financial Deputyship and Appointeeship: Guidance||This chapter provides guidance for staff involved in the management, administration and monitoring of corporate appointeeships and public authority deputyships.|
|Continuing Healthcare (CHC)||This chapter was amended to add a number of flowcharts in the Appendices. These are: What is Continuing Health Care and What is it not?; Is a Checklist Required?; Completing the Checklist; Completing a Decision Support Tool; Panel; Appeals; Disputes.|
|Making a Statutory Will||This chapter provides guidance about making a will in relation to a person who does not have mental capacity.|
|Outcomes in Adult Social Care||This chapter outlines local and national key performance indicators and outcome information. It is part of the wider performance management framework and provides information about the national Adult Social Care Outcome Framework (ASCOF).|
|Care and Support Statutory Guidance Annexes||This section contains links to each individual annex in the Care and Support Statutory Guidance.|
See also: Research and Report Briefings. Click on the link to view recent research and report briefings written by Policy Partners Project. These are usually issued monthly.
This APPP is usually revised every six months, therefore the next edition will be available in February 2020.
If you want to make amendments to existing chapters, you must copy it into Word and amend it using track changes. Click here Making Changes to Chapters for information about how to make the changes in the way we require. Please first contact Alison Morley, Professional Practice Officer in Hull (via the Contact Form), who is your local contact person for this APPP, to discuss any changes you want to make.
On the home screen, type in the word or phrase you are looking for in the ‘Search’ facility and press ‘Enter’. It will bring up a list of all the chapters where it appears. Click on the one you want. The word / phrase will remain highlighted in the chapter.If you want to narrow down your search, add ” around the word or phrase, for example “safeguarding”.
If you want to search for specific text within a chapter or a pdf document, you can also press ‘Ctrl’ and ‘f’ together. A box will appear in the top right of your screen. Type in the word / phrase you want to find and press ‘Enter’. The number of times it appears in the chapter will be displayed next to your word. Use the up and down arrows next to it to find all the references.
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