Professional responsibility for and providing input to policy development with regard to community care, including intermediate care and assessment and care management:
- older peoples' issues
- carers' issues
- direct payments
- protection of vulnerable adults
- primary care
- hospital social work and palliative care (adults)
- schemes for the delegation of statutory functions
Providing preliminary professional assessment of referrals to the statutory list in relation to Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA).
Providing professional input, as required, into the evaluation of:
- serious adverse incidents (adult)
- business cases
Professional advice in relation to community care, older people, dementia and carers and related issues to other Policy Branches, other Government Departments, Agencies, statutory, voluntary, private and community sector organisations, where appropriate.
Representing the OSS in a number of DoH and external groupings related to the above areas of work, including the Social Services Value for Money Working Group.