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Implementing the single assessment for older people.

The National Service Framework for Older People (Department of Health, 2001) envisages that the single assessment process (SAP) will act as a key driver in the improvement of older people’s services. The challenge to health and social care organisations was subsequently set out more specifically (DoH, 2002): ‘To ensure that older people receive appropriate, effective and timely responses to their health and social care needs, and that professional resources are used effectively.’

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