As you will be aware, the health and social care sector (like others) is working hard to maintain essential services in what are extremely challenging times. Whilst the manner in which many of us work is being adapted in line with current Government and Public Health England guidance, it is recognised that much of the work we undertake can’t simply just stop. So, there is a balance to be had between ensuring, as far as possible, the wellbeing of everyone (especially vulnerable people) and maintaining vital services. I am committed to maintaining as many of the services I provide throughout this period of uncertainty whilst acting responsibly to help ensure the safety of those I work with, vulnerable people and their carers.

To this end, until further notice, the following will apply:

Where possible, I will assess and consult people using non face-to-face methods such as Skype and telephone calls. Sometimes this is not possible and, in those situations, where safe to do so, I will continue with a face-to-face approach. If this is required, current Government guidelines will be followed. Whichever method will be adopted will depend entirely upon the nature and urgency of the work and will be discussed with the instructing party and care providers where applicable.

I wish you a safe and healthy time as we work together over the coming months,

Best Wishes, Gary.

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Care Act Assessments for Local Authorities

We can assist your local authority with care and support assessments and reviews.

Since the implementation of the Care Act in 2015, it has placed a duty upon local authorities to undertake an assessment of an adults’ care needs if it appears that they require an assessment. The information gathered is then used to develop a support plan. The purpose of a support plan is to detail the support the person requires. This might include assistance to wash and dress, prepare or eat their meals or travel to college or recreational activities. Support might be provided by friends, family or paid for by the local authority (subject to eligibility and a financial assessment).

Regardless of how the person’s care needs are going to be met, or who is going to pay, the person is still entitled to an assessment from the local authority.

Obtaining an assessment from the local authority is even more important following the Government’s announcement introducing the capping of adult social care costs from October 2023. To start counting towards your care cap, you will have to have a care needs assessment from your local authority.

It is no secret that many local authorities are struggling to complete care needs assessments in a timely fashion. In July 2021, almost 7000 people had waited more than six months for a care needs assessment. At Simply Social Work we can assist with this predicament. We can assist local authorities and complete one-off or regular care needs assessments and annual reviews on behalf of local authorities, receiving the pressure and helping them achieve timely assessments and reviews.

Neil and Gary (our consultant Social Workers and Directors) have over ten years experience completing care needs assessments and have both worked for local authorities. If you would like to discuss, in confidence,  how we can assist your local authority, please do not hesitate to contact us at