Northern Ireland Single Assessment Tool

Evidence suggests that many older people experience a wide range of assessment approaches by a variety of different health and social care professionals. These multiple and often disconnected assessments, not all of which are validated, fail to capture a complete picture of the older person and their care needs. Older people, their carers and those who advocate on their behalf have for a long-time called for a less bureaucratic, better co-ordinated and managed approach to the assessment of care needs; service delivery and review.
With this in mind the Department commissioned the development of a Single Assessment Tool which will be used to gather all the information necessary to plan home care services for people with complex needs so as to enable them to continue living at home, with appropriate home care support, or to make a decision regarding the need for nursing or residential home care.

Northern Ireland Single Assessment Tool and Guidance

  1. NISAT Press Release (PDF 20KB)
    Health Minister Michael McGimpsey today launched a new tool for assessing the health and social care needs of older people in Northern Ireland.

    The Northern Ireland Single Assessment Tool (NISAT) is designed to capture information required for holistic, person-centred assessment of the older person.  It is comprised of 7 component parts:

    1. Contact Screening  (MS Word 99KB)

    2. Core Assessment  (MS Word 485KB)

    3.  Complex Assessment  (MS Word 181KB)

    4. Carer Needs Assessment  (MS Word 221KB)

    5. Specialist Referral Form  (MS Word 83KB)

    6. Specialist Summary Form  (MS Word 91KB)

    7. GP Report  (MS Word 93KB)

NISAT Procedural Guidance - Version 3 (PDF 1.3MB)
The latest version of the Procedural Guidance for professionals to underpin the implementation of the NISAT. (Completed January 2011)

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