Needs Assessment Service Coordination (NASC)
NASC organisations are funded by Te Whatu Ora. Their role is to determine a client’s eligibility to access support services. This occurs through assessment of the person’s support needs, using a suite of tools within the InterRAI series (Contact Assessment, HomeCARE, or Palliative Assessment) or a Mental Health Assessment). This may result in the allocation and co-ordination of support services to meet those needs identified in the assessment. NASC co-ordinate services, but do not themselves provide the service. They manage referrals to Providers, other Interdisciplinary team members including primary care.
NASC service coordination is about planning a person’s care based on their goals and support needs and sharing information with everyone who helps to care for the person. It is performed collaboratively with a person and their whānau and likely includes all of the following:
- educating and supporting the person and their carer
- helping the person access community care and support services
- talking with health and community care providers
- planning what services might be needed in the future.
There are inclusion and exclusion criteria which is highlighted in the iCATT pathway. Self-referrals for NASC are accepted
Contact and referral information
Referrals through iCATT email@example.com.
Phone 03 6877120.
NASC also assess clients who have a mental health diagnosis. These clients will be under the care & management of a Psychiatrist. Self-referrals are NOT accepted to this service.