Care Needs Assessments
The Care Act 2014 provides a framework under which local authorities assess care needs. They use this framework to assess a person’s care and support needs and following this, identify which services a person is eligible to receive. The assessment must be person-centred throughout, involving the person and supporting them to have choice and control. My care needs assessments are person-centred and involve the person and their support networks to complete a thorough assessment. All of my assessments are completed by me, a Registered Social Worker with 10 years’ experience working within local authority adult social care teams. I use the Care Act 2014 as a framework for my care needs assessments which is the same framework that local authorities use when completing their assessments. The purpose of a Care Needs Assessment is to identify the needs of a person and how these impact on their wellbeing, and the outcomes that the person wishes to achieve in their day-to-day life.
Whilst being independent of any local authorities, I can be instructed to complete Care Act or care needs assessments and do so for a variety of reasons, including; second opinion assessments if there is disagreement with one completed by a local authority or refusal by a local authority to complete an assessment because the person doesn’t appear to have a need for care and support. I can be instructed by individuals, their representatives or solicitors. I can also be instructed by Local Authorities who would like a care need assessment completed by an independent, registered Social Worker.