Sheffield carers who are aged 18 or over, can access a carer’s needs assessment by contacting Sheffield Carers Centre.

What is a carer’s needs assessment?

If you are an adult carer, providing care for someone aged over 18 years of age, a carer’s needs assessment provides an opportunity to discuss the support or services you might need to help you in their caring role.

The assessment looks at how caring affects your life, physically, emotionally and practically, and at whether you are able or willing to continue caring. Before your assessment, you will be advised to think carefully about how your caring role affects you and what would help you manage better. We will provide some information to support you in this process.

The person carrying out the assessment will discuss with you any support you may receive already and consider with you how other approaches or activities might help you. They will also be able to advise, for example, about benefits you may be entitled to and will support you in accessing specialised help.

A carer’s assessment is not about assessing how well you are carrying out your caring role, it is solely about supporting you as a carer.

Who can have a carer’s needs assessment?

If you are an adult providing unpaid care for an adult relative or friend, you are legally entitled to have a detailed assessment of your needs as a carer. Any carer, regardless of the amount or type of care they provide can ask for an assessment. This is completely separate from the support needs of the person who is cared for, whether or not their needs have been assessed, and whether or not they receive any formal support. If you share care with another person, each of you is entitled to an assessment. You do not have to live with the person you care for to be entitled to an assessment.

How are carer’s needs assessments carried out in Sheffield?

Local authorities are responsible for ensuring carer’s assessments are carried out and that they are carried out as the law requires. (Care Act 2014). Sheffield City Council has outsourced responsibility for carrying this out on their behalf to the Carers Centre. So you will speak to one of the Carer Advisors at the Carers Centre when you have your assessment.

[The only exception to this is if the person you look after has a social care package arranged by one of the mental health teams within Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust. In these cases, it will be the Trust who is responsible for completing your assessment. However, all the other services provided by Sheffield Carers Centre will still be available to you as usual.]

Because the Carers Centre team is carrying out statutory carers assessments on behalf of Sheffield City Council, it is important that you realise that in some circumstances, details of your assessment may be forwarded to the Council and recorded on their database. This will mainly be the case if the person you care for is receiving support from the Adult Social Care (within Sheffield City Council). We will discuss this with you at the time of your assessment. If you wish your assessment to remain fully confidential (and not be shared with Sheffield City Council), unfortunately this may limit the support available to you. You will still be able to access all other Carers Centre services however.

How can I find out more?

If you would like to discuss this or ask for a carer’s needs assessment, call our Carer Advice Line on 0114 272 8362 or email your query to: support@sheffieldcarers.org.uk

If you would like to read more about carer’s needs assessments, there is a great deal of useful information on the Carers UK website;

http://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/practical-support/getting-care-and-support/carers-assessment