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Laura Blackett – Livesonline

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Does your carer take sugar?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Hello everyone!

I am more than halfway through my second year placement and it’s going really well. I feel like I can really see all of the theory I’ve learnt over the last two years come to life within practice. It has also helped me to develop as a professional and a person!

My advice for anyone yet to go on placement would be to approach it with an open mind, and a willingness to step out of your comfort zone. This is exactly what I done today attending a conference called ‘Does your carer take sugar?’ It was an all day event and featured numerous guest speakers talking about the impact of the Care Act 2014, and how this will shape care and support services going forward. Part of the day involved a round table discussion whereby you were separated into smaller groups to discuss pre set questions. This was very daunting as a social work student in a room with 100 knowledgeable professionals, however I feel I made valuable contributions and came away with lots of food for thought!

Key points I took away from the conference regarding the Care Act 2014 specifically were:

– Section 79 of the act enables local authorities to delegate duties within the act. (This could mean a shift from local authority assessments to these being completed by a voluntary sector provider working directly with carers).

– Section 20 of the act states that a carer is entitled to an assessment in their own right, even if the adult they care for was deemed ineligible within their own assessment. (This could mean if a carer was eligible following an assessment they could have services put in place to support the person they look after in order for them to access work opportunities, for example).

– Fair Access to Care Services has been repealed and incorporated within the act. The banding within assessments will no longer consist of ‘Substantial’ ‘Critical’ ‘Low’ etc., this will simply be eligible or ineligible.

– Direct payments will continue however there will be a duty for local authorities to respond to an individual’s need based on the outcome of assessment. This means that if a person requires a tailored package not usually offered by the local authority then the local authority has a duty to commission this service rather than insist a person needs to take up direct payments for this to be possible. The message is everyone is entitled to direct payments who is eligible, but everyone also has the right to refuse the responsibility of having direct payments!

It was a really interesting conference, I have come away with so many notes I could go on and on. If anyone has any further questions please feel free to message me!

Lau x

  • Name: Laura Blackett
  • Age: 22
  • Studying: Social Work BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Hartlepool, UK
  • Ambitions: Become a fully qualified social worker, learn another language, have my own house by the time I'm 25, complete my bucket list by the time I leave University and also go travelling!

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