Under the Care Act 2014 Carers now have the same rights to assessment and support as those they care for.

Enfield Carers Centre (ECC) has been appointed as the Trusted Assessor in the Borough of Enfield for carers assessments.  This means that if you’d like a “stand-alone” assessment (separate from the person you care for), so that you can speak freely about your needs and the impact caring is having on you and your life, you can contact the centre on:0208 366 3677 or email: info@enfieldcarers.org and an appointment will be made for you with one of our Carers Assessment Officers.

If you’d prefer a combined assessment – one that focuses on your cared-for person and also includes you – this will be done by a member of the council’s social care team.  You should either:

  • contact whichever team is managing your loved one’s health and/or social care e.g. the social worker, care-coordinator or key-worker if you know them or
  • contact Enfield Council’s Access to Social Care Team on 0208 379 1001 or
  • copy and click this link to Enfield Council’s social care website page

What the assessment should cover

  • your caring role and how it affects your life and wellbeing
  • your health – physical, mental and emotional issues
  • your feelings and choices about caring
  • work, study, training, leisure
  • relationships, social activities and your goals
  • planning for emergencies (such as Enfield’s Carer Emergency Card Scheme)

What the local authority will consider

  • Are your needs the result of you providing necessary care?
  • Does your caring role have an effect on you?
  • Is there, or is there likely to be, a significant impact on your wellbeing ?

PLANNING FOR THE ASSESSMENT  – be prepared

Regardless of whether you have a combined or stand-alone assessment – it’s always good to be prepared:

  • Make a list of things you want to highlight
  • Ask questions if you don’t understand anything
  • Ask for the assessment to be carried out where you feel comfortable
  • Be honest about your situation

Following the assessment / Support Planning

  • Review the assessment and correct anything you are not happy with before you sign
  • Always ask for a copy
  • If your circumstances change ask for a review

If you meet the eligibility criteria as outlined in The Care Act 2014 and therefore have ‘eligible needs’, then providing you want them to, they must meet these needs and draw up a support plan detailing how these needs will be met.

Support Plan

  • Information and advice
  • A service or personal budget
  • Review the support plan and correct anything you are not happy with before you sign

Can Enfield Carers Centre help meet eligible needs?

The simple answer is Yes.   At the centre, we offer many services which are designed to:

  • support carers to enjoy a life outside of their caring responsibilities
  • ensure carers are not forced into financial hardship by their caring role
  • support carers to stay mentally and physically well
  • help carers feel respected as expert partners in care and be treated with dignity
  • ensure carers have relevant information and the services they need to support them in their caring role

For more information on Carers Assessments call: 0208 366 3677 or email: assessment@enfieldcarers.org