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PAS 150 (Publicly Available Specification) is a code of practice for the delivery of rehabilitation services for all disabilities and health conditions, with both short- and long-term needs. It covers providers in health, social care and employment and focuses on the interdependence between work, health and wellbeing. 

It aims to improve the quality, efficiency, value and outcomes of rehabilitation services through setting out recommendations for providers working in all sectors, including statutory and non-statutory services.

The recommendations are also intended for individuals working in residential facilities, specialist centres and other local community-based services. It encourages service user independence and autonomy affording them the opportunity to live as they wish.

PAS 150 supports the service user’s journey through early and specialist rehabilitation, community rehabilitation and vocational rehabilitation. 

The service user’s rights and responsibilities, especially related to choice and control, are at the core of PAS 150’s service delivery. Their personal goals inform decision-making throughout.  It recognises service users’ experience and expertise and seeks to strengthen their contribution.

Who should use PAS 150?

It is for use by providers of rehabilitation services regardless of their employment environment, target population or area of specific expertise. It is also of interest and benefit to purchasers and anyone using these services.

PAS 150 can be used as a tool for service planning and development, for staff and service user induction and development and programme evaluation. Purchasers can use it as a benchmarking tool. As a reference, it may be used to help providers, purchasers and service users reduce risk and defend decisions and actions. PAS 150 aims to stimulate innovation and commitment to excellence.

Service providers can use this code of practice to:

  • Benchmark their services and demonstrate a commitment to excellence
  • Improve the quality, efficiency, value and outcomes of rehabilitation services
  • Encourage service user independence and autonomy, placing their personal goals at the heart of decision-making
  • Support the service user’s journey through early and specialist rehabilitation, community rehabilitation and vocational rehabilitation  
  • Provide a tool for service planning and development, for staff and service user induction, for development and programme evaluation.

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What does PAS 150 for rehabilitation cover?

PAS 150 covers all aspects of rehabilitation services:

  • The services
  • The organization
  • The rehabilitation workforce;
  • Service user involvement;
  • Referral
  • Induction
  • Assessment and planning
  • Intervention
  • Case coordination
  • Discharge/closure
  • Follow-up services
  • Programme evaluation.

It recognizes that service users range from those with less complex situations to profound communication and cognitive impairments where often they are unable to advocate for themselves. It therefore covers the provision of rehabilitation services for all disabilities and health conditions by all rehabilitation practitioners including those providing:

  • Management of symptoms and disorders that alter the function and performance of the service user
  • Provision of health advice and promotion to individuals
  • Individual and group psychological interventions focused on facilitating adjustments to the medical and psychosocial impact of disability
  • Support for self management of health conditions and the rehabilitation process
  • Services to maximise meaningful activity and participation in life situations
  • The rehabilitative elements of health and social care interventions
  • Assessment and appraisal of specific barriers to goal attainment
  • Goal setting and action planning designed to mitigate identified barriers and to help goal attainment
  • Rehabilitation referral, and services coordination
  • Interventions to remove environmental, employment, and attitudinal barriers within organizations and systems
  • Interventions for job retention and support
  • Career (vocational) counselling
  • Job analysis, job development, and placement services, including assistance with employment and adjustments
  • Provision of consultation about and access to rehabilitation technology
  • Advice and consultation on the delivery of rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation programme evaluation and research.

As the full list of services suggests, the rehabilitation sector in the UK is vast and takes into consideration a variety of potential service user outcomes including:

  • Improved function and performance
  • Improved health and wellbeing
  • Recovery
  • Independence
  • Quality of life
  • Education
  • Employment.

PAS 150 is sponsored by the UK Rehabilitation Council (UKRC) and the UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Read the press release announcing the launch of PAS 150, the rehabilitation code of practice.

What is a PAS?

A Publicly Available Specification (PAS) is a sponsored fast track standard driven by the needs of the client organisations and developed according to guidelines set out by BSI. Key stakeholders are brought together to collaboratively produce a BSI-endorsed PAS that has all the functionality of a British Standard for the purposes of creating management systems, product benchmarks and codes of practice.

After two years, the PAS is reviewed and a decision is made as to whether it should be taken forward to become a formal British Standard.

A wide range of PAS documents are available to buy in the BSI Shop, many as instant downloads. Some are available free.

More details about fast-track standards, how PASs are commisioned, and how they could help your business visit our Developing a PAS page.

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