Nvq 5


Unit 518 Assess the individual in a health and social care
setting (SS 5.1)
UAN: J/601/5242
Level: Level 5
Credit value: 6
Aim The purpose of this unit is to provide the knowledge and skills needed to understand and
implement different forms of assessment in the context of partnership working.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) provide guidance to help providers of health and
adult social care to comply with the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated
Activities) Regulations 2010 and the Care Quality Commission (Registration)
Regulations 2009. A summary of this guidance which is referred to throughout this
unit can be accessed below as further guidance.

Learning outcome 1. Understand assessment processes
1.1 Compare and contrast the range and purpose of different forms of assessment
The assessment process is the way to ensure that needs are met effectively and
services are targeted appropriately. Assessment can be defined as a collection and
analysis of information about people with the aim of understanding their situation and
determining recommendations for any further professional intervention. Whittington
(2007) identified five reasons for the need for assessment. They were to protect the
individual and the public, identify the individual and their carers needs, to represent or
advocate for the individual or carer, to act on agency’s policies and priorirties, to
inform other agencies or professionals. In 1998 the White Paper ‘Modernising Social
Services’ was published; a new national agenda for improving care and services provided
for older people. The contents were based around promoting independence, aiming to

provide a consistent response throughout the country, by placing the older person and
their families centrally in the system, and promoting joint working between health and...