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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Why Choose Gary Crisp Consultants?

One piece of advice I was given when I first start working as an Independent Social Worker was, “make your business look big, no-body wants to work with a small company or just one person”.  For a while I did just that, but it didn’t take long before I realised that people were instructing me because they trusted me and had confidence in the assessments and reports I write and the training I write and deliver.  I am just me! I don’t pretend otherwise and do you know what? I don’t need to. I don’t have offices or employees across the UK or know everything about every area of Social Work.  However, I do have my specialisms (see the rest of my website) and know them very well.  I  also know some other incredible Independent Social Workers and I will gladly recommend them if it’s an area of work they have more experience with.  I’m not precious about keeping clients to myself, but I am precious about achieving the very best outcomes for everyone I have contact with.

I am an experienced Independent Social Worker and Best Interests Assessor. My areas of particular interest are; mental capacity assessments and best interests decisions, care assessments, deprivation of liberty and continuing healthcare.  I am increasingly being instructed to write court reports for SEN tribunals and for immigration cases where deportation proceedings have been issued.  Prior to becoming an Independent Social Worker in 2012, I was employed in a variety of social work positions within local authorities.

Social Workers are highly skilled at assessments and report writing. Looking objectively at a set of circumstances and offering a non-judgemental, unbiased opinion about a particular matter. Personally, I adopt a strength-based, Person-Centred approach to Social Work. As you might expect, this approach focuses on what people can achieve rather than just listing what they can’t do. That doesn’t mean that I ignore areas where someone does require additional assistance but it does mean that I adopt an approach to Social Work that is holistic and multi-disciplinary. One where risk is seen as enabling rather than a disabling.  One of the reasons I have a passion for mental capacity assessments and ensuring those who can make decisions for themselves do.

I complete all assessments myself and don’t sub-contract any work to others.  I pride myself in attention to detail and can ensure all assessments are completed to the highest standards.  I understand that time is often of the essence when undertaking any work, particularly for the Courts and aim to complete all assessments within 2 weeks of being instructed.

Please get in touch if you would like to instruct me or chat about any aspect of my work.