Carrying out a best interests assessment is a complex but vital task. Its purpose is to decide whether a deprivation of liberty is happening or may happen, and if it is whether this is in the best interests of the person affected.
The NHS wants to change the guidance it has for Clinical Commissioning Groups around prescribing medicine for minor illnesses.
They propose that, for 33 illnesses that can be easily treated at home, they should stop prescribing the medicine. Instead, the patient should buy these over the counter at the pharmacy or supermarket and look after themselves at home.
Report from the Social care workforce research unit is available here.
Sense report on a survey on securing long term care and support for disabled adults.
The main report, explains the issue in detail, tells families’ personal stories and sets out recommendations for change.
There is also a toolkit Decisions to Make, Steps to Take that acts as a guide to planning long-term care for disabled adults and their families.