Carers assessments

As a carer you have the right to ask for a carer’s assessment. This will look at the impact your caring responsibilities have on your life and what social care support you might be eligible for.

Slough Borough Council and Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, Community Mental Health Team have changed their approach as to how carers will be supported to have an assessment locally. They will meet their statutory duties to carers by moving away from a traditional assessment towards a more inclusive strength based conversation. It adopts a tiered conversation approach that will be dependent on needs of the carer and aims to:

  • Support people to recognise that they are a carer.
  • Start by discussing with carers what they can do with their skills and available resources.
  • Support carers to maximise their relationships with friends, family, other people and organisations in their communities to help them in their caring role.

Conversation 1
It explores with you how you can use your skills, knowledge, support networks such as family and friends as well as local community resources to help you feel better supported as a carer and to live your life. You can have this conversation with Slough Carers Support Service, Adult Social Care or Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.

Conversation 2
This usually takes place when you feel you are in crisis and overwhelmed by your caring role. It will consider what is available to help you carry on as a carer through identifying opportunities and linking to support networks. A support plan will be developed and might result in a one off payment based on your assessed eligible needs.

Conversation 3
This will address your longer term needs as a carer. It might include providing services such as short breaks to help you continue with your caring role. This conversation will be undertaken by either Adult Social Care or Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.

Single and combined conversations
You are also entitled to either a single assessment focusing on you as a carer, or a combined assessment, for you and the person you care for, when you are both in agreement. Combined assessments will be undertaken by either Adult Social Care or Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and will also adopt a strength based approach.

Agency contact details

Slough Carers Support: 01753 303428
Slough Borough Council Adult Social Care: 01753 475 111
Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust Community Mental Health Team: 01753 690950