This section provides a summary of how to use the Adult Policies, Procedures and Practice (APPP) resource and its main features.
- Finding your way round this Resource
- Accessibility Options
- Using the APPP on Mobile Phones and Tablets
- Date of Next Revision
- Continuing Practice Development
- Social Work Forums
- Reading Confirmation
- Feedback Form
- Register with Rutland Adult Social Care
This site has been changed to a new look and layout. On the home page there are five buttons:
- The Service – will contain information about the Rutland Adult Social Care service;
- ASC Procedures – which contains policies, procedures and practice guidance for Rutland Adult Social Care;
- Continuing Practice Development – which contains information for Rutland staff only (password protected) about current practice issues and includes the Social Work Forums(see below);
- Safeguarding – which has links to safeguarding information for both children and adults in Rutland;
- Useful Links – which has links to the most commonly used local and national web pages for Rutland staff;
- Legislation and National Guidance – which has links to relevant information for Adult Social Care staff.
When you are in the ASC Procedures section, there are a number of tabs on the left side of the screen when viewed on larger screens or by clicking on the lined box in the top right corner on smaller screens (such as phones or tablets):
- Home contains the introduction page of the ASC Procedures section. It also includes Using this APPP (this page) which gives information about using this site, and Register with Rutland Adult Social Care to receive notification when this APPP is updated.
- 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 below). The different sections can also be viewed by clicking on the arrow on the right of ‘Resources’;
- Contact has a contact form for you to send a message to Rob Jackson, Senior Case Manager who is the contact for the Rutland APPP and who oversees the coordination of this site, should you have a comment or suggestion you wish to make.
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 the policies, procedures and practice chapters, including:
- Case Law – information about recent significant court cases;
- Case Studies – currently populated by case studies from the Care and Support Statutory Guidance;
- CQC Standards and KLOEs – information about the purpose and functions of the CQC.
- Glossary – provides definitions and key terms used in the manual;
- Integrated Care – links to key websites and information for the health and social care integration agenda;
- Legislation – links to relevant legislation;
- Local Documents, Forms and Leaflets – Rutland specific documents and templates;
- National Guidance and Inquiries – links to national guidance, particularly from ADASS, LGA and SCIE and 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 manual 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 Robert Jackson (see Contact Form).
With each revised edition of this online resource, we indicate in the table below which chapters are new or have been updated. This information is also included at the top of each relevant chapter.
As well as the new look site and the amended and new chapters below, this latest version has a number of other new facilities. Click on the links to read more about the:
|Data Protection Act 2018||This chapter was updated to reflect the commencement of the Data Protection Act 2018.|
|Assessment||Section 20, Continuing Healthcare has been amended to reflect the revised guidance issued by the Department of Health and Social Care.|
|End of Life Care||This chapter was amended to reflect the Supreme Court ruling, see 3.2, Persons in a vegetative state. Section 5.1, Best Interests Test and Appendix 1: An NHS Trust and others (Respondents) v Y (by his litigation the Official Solicitor) and Another (Appellants)  UKSC 46 were also added.|
|Protecting Property of Adults being Cared for away from Home, including Pets||This chapter was amended to include links to good practice from the RSPCA and HM Government codes of practice.|
|Self-funders||This chapter has been amended throughout as a result of legal review to add further clarification.|
|Making Advance Decisions||This chapter was been amended to provide more detail and clarification. Sections 1, Introduction, 2, Advance Statements, 3, Advance Decisions and 4, Do not Resuscitate are all new.|
|No Recourse to Public Funds||This chapter was amended to update the link to the revised practice guidance for local authorities in assessing and supporting adults who have no recourse to public funds. Further information has also been added.|
|Interpreting, Signing and Communication Needs||This chapter was amended to include a link to the Accessible Information Standard, which publicly funded adult social care services are legally required to follow|
|Dementia: Practice Guidance||This chapter has been amended to add a link to Leicestershire Police’s Herbert Protocol, which provides information about what to do when someone with dementia goes missing. A link was also added to Dementia: assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carers published by NICE.|
|Complaints||This chapter has been amended to add a link to Adult Social Care Resources regarding complaints, published by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.|
|Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work||This chapter outlines the main principles and points of the Professional Capabilities Framework.|
|Mental Health Act 1983||This chapter provides an introduction and basic details of the most commonly known and used sections of the MHA and outlines the amendments made in 2007.|
|Emerging Concerns Protocol||This chapter summarises the Emerging Concerns Protocol which was developed via the Health and Social Care Regulators Forum to enable organisations and partners to act early, where there are concerns.|
|Ill Treatment and Wilful (Deliberate) Neglect||This chapter outlines the main offence types that can be committed by workers and organisations who are responsible for caring for adults.|
|Charging and Financial Assessment||Leaflets for adults and their carers have been added in Local Documents, Forms, Leaflets and Letters and links added in all the chapters in this section.|
|Research and Report Briefings||Click on the link to see the research and report briefings regularly published by Policy Partners Project.|
|Changes in relation to the Government’s decision not to implement the cap on care costs.||
The following chapters have been amended:
|Charging and Financial Assessment||Section 2.2, Carrying out a financial assessment was amended to reference recent 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’.|
|Deferred Payment Agreements||This chapter was amended to reflect changes to the Care and Support (Deferred Payment) Regulations 2014 which states local authorities are now required to enter into a ‘loan-type’ deferred payment agreement with individuals who qualify for one but whose needs the local authority is not meeting, and to provide greater clarity on the types of deferred payment agreements that can be offered. Section 1, What are Deferred Payment Agreements? Section 2, Qualifying Criteria for Deferred Payment Agreements and Section 3, Types of Deferred Payment Agreements have been amended / added accordingly. A new Appendix 1, Care and Support (Deferred Payment) Amendment Regulations 2017 has also been added.|
|Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards||Section 8, Relevant Person’s Representative was amended as a result of recent case law. The Court of Protections 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.|
|Defining Mental Disorder||This chapter has been amended to include a link to Guidance for the Implementation of Changes to Police Powers and Places of Safety Provisions in the Mental Health Act 1983, published by the (then) Department of Health and the Home Office.|
|Information Sharing and Confidentiality||This chapter has been updated to reflect changes to data protection legislation.|
|Access to Records||This chapter has been amended to reflect changes to data protection legislation. In particular Section 4, Making an Application and Section 4, Timescales have been updated.|
|No Recourse to Public Funds||This chapter has been updated to link to the most recent guidance from the NRPF Network practice guidance.|
|Interpreting, Signing and Communication Needs||This chapter has been amended to include a link to guidance for social workers working with adults with acquired hearing loss, published by BASW.|
|Data Protection||This chapter outlines the changes to data protection legislation including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Bill which will replace the Data Protection Act 1998.|
|Modern Slavery||This chapter outlines the different types of modern slavery, indicators and what action staff should take if they are concerned that someone is a victim. It also includes a link to recent guidance published by the Local Government Association.|
|Making Safeguarding Personal||This chapter outlines the main principles in Making Safeguarding Personal and provides links to relevant information from Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and the Local Government Association.|
|Overview||This is a new section at the beginning of the Contents. Some existing chapters have been moved into this section, along with the new Data Protection chapter.|
|Research and Report Briefings||Click on the link to read the regular briefings published by Policy Partners Project which are summaries of recent topical publications.|
|2.12 End of Life Care||This chapter has been revised, in particular a new Section 2, Addressing Inequalities in End of Life Care has been added and Section 3.1, Do not resuscitate has been expanded. A link has also been included to guidance from the CQC about end of life care for people who are homeless.|
|6.1 Mental Capacity||This chapter has been amended to add a link to a Brief Guide to carrying out Capacity Assessments, published by 39 Essex Chambers.|
|6.5 Section 117 Aftercare||Section 5, Funding Responsibilities for Section 117 Aftercare, was amended to reference recent case law.|
|7.2 Information Sharing and Confidentiality||This chapter has been amended to include a link to guidance from the Health and Care Professions Council.|
|10.9 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.|
|11.4 Outcomes in Adult Social Care||This chapter has been updated to link to the most recent Handbook of Definitions and ASCOF information.|
|12.5 Social Media: Minimising Professional Risk||This chapter was updated to include a link to social media guidance published by the Health and Care Professions Council.|
|Best Interests||This chapter outlines the main issues related to best interest decisions and provides links to relevant guidance.|
|Making Advance Decisions||This chapter outlines some of the main issues to be considered when an adult is making an advance decision.|
|Dementia: Practice Guidance||This chapter outlines some of the main issues to be considered when working with adults with dementia.|
Making changes to future editions
If you wish to make any changes to chapters, please first speak to Robert Jackson, Senior Case Manager, who is the Rutland contact for this resource. The chapter you wish to amend must be copied into Word and amended using track changes. Click here Making Changes to Chapters for information about how to make the changes in the way we require.
The Continuing Professional Development section is updated regularly by Rob Jackson, so visit this section regularly to keep informed of practice issues in Rutland, and to view and participate in the Social Work Forums discussions.
The chapters in this APPP are now being updated annually; the next review will be in March 2020.
The Legislation and National Guidance section is regularly updated by Policy Partners Project.
If you want to make any amendments or suggestions please contact Robert Jackson (using the Contact Form).
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 include ” either side of the word/s, 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.
The Continuing Practice Development section is managed by Rob Jackson in Rutland and reflects current practice issues in the directorate. It is password protected and only accessible by Rutland Adult Social Care staff with a rutland.gov.uk email.
Click here to read Using the Social Work Forums.
This form enables staff in Rutland Adult Social Care to confirm they have read specific chapters in this APPP. This is useful for newly employed staff as part of their induction, supervision, CPD and for team discussions for example.
When you complete and submit the form, it is stored in a secure database accessed only by Rob Jackson and Rutland Adult Social Care managers.
This site now has a facility for you to give feedback to Rutland, about chapters you read. At the end of each chapter there is a Feedback Form. You can complete and submit it and the information will be sent to Rob Jackson. Other staff or members of the public will not be able to see the comments.
We recommend you ‘Register with Rutland Adult Social Care‘. This enables us to notify you that your APPP resource has been updated, which is usually every six months. By submitting this information, you will only receive email notifications from us in relation to APPP updates and your information will not be given to any third parties.
The chapters in this resource have been designed to be used as an online resource. They are easier to update when online and version control is very effectively managed. Reducing or eliminating printing cuts costs, as well as preserving valuable resources.
If you print a chapter, to take to a meeting for example, please note it will have a water mark stating it is valid for 72 hours only and the date it was printed. Whilst this resource is usually updated every six months, there may be occasions when it is updated urgently as a result of a Safeguarding Adults Review or inspection recommendation, so it is important to be sure that you are using the most recent copy. That is why we recommend that if you have to print a chapter, you no longer refer to it after that time.
The chapter content in this resource can be accessed, downloaded and printed unchanged, on a temporary basis. Any content printed or downloaded may not be sold, licensed, transferred, copied or reproduced in part or in whole in any manner or format without the prior written permission of Policy Partners Project Ltd.