News and Comment

Introduction of the new Care Act

Wednesday 1 April 2015

The launch of the new Care Act today marks the biggest set of changes to adult social care legislation since the formation of the NHS in 1948.

At OPM we’re really looking forward to seeing the impact of this policy in practice, having delivered a variety of projects for different clients in this area. Last year we worked with the Department of Health on a system-wide event exploring the impact of the Act on residential care markets, with an eagerly anticipated report in the works. More recently Hertfordshire County Council (@HertsTraining) tweeted pictures from the launch workshops for the toolkit we’ve developed with them which uses case scenarios to support social workers in the new ways of working the Act requires.

OPM has also supported Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) in drafting some of the guidance around The Care Act: assessment and eligibility.

For any further information about our work in this area, please get in touch with Lawrence Finkle on