- NHS and Community Care
- This piece of legislation brought about massive changes within the statutory structure of care. It ended a long-standing state monopoly on provision of statutory health and social care services.
it introduced an ‘internal market’ in public care provision. This meant that
the state became an ‘enabler’, rather than the main provider, of public access
to statutory and non-statutory care services.
- This boosted the role and influence of private and voluntary sector providers in the UK care system.
- It ushered in an era of community care for adults with social care and support needs.
- Community Care
- The idea was to allow adults with chronic or long-term care needs to be able to given the support needed at home and to remain in their homes, rather than being put into a state-run institution.
- Every local authority is now legally bound to assess the care needs of any person with a physical disability, disabling illness, terminal illness, sensory impairment, learning disability or mental health problem.
- The NHS Community Care Act continues to support the provision of both community-based care and its delivery by a mixed economy of care providers.