Our assessment process
Our comprehensive and carefully undertaken assessment process has enabled us to support many people, who without SIL, would still be residing in hospitals or other secure settings.
At SIL we pride ourselves in the work that we do with clients who may be considered more complex or difficult to place.
A key factor in this is our unique assessment process which is driven by a core team of professionals who love the challenge nature of their role: learning the client story, adding context to significant events in their lives and exploring those drivers for change that make such an impact on outcomes.
Supporting someone in supported living can present significantly different challenges to supporting them in hospitals or similar settings. SIL’s in depth assessment process enables us to more fully understand the individual, how we can support them and how they might respond to that support, informing our approach - for example, how we might approach and explore issues during face-to-face interviews with potential service users. Within this process, as well as reviewing historical background paperwork, and meeting with the individual, we may also meet with previous and current care providers, practitioners and other stakeholders to explore particular themes in more detail.
SIL’s assessment team is made up of a range of highly skilled and experienced professionals. Leading the team, Marianne Park is an experienced Social Worker and Senior Manager with 15 years' plus experience in the statutory Assessment and Safeguarding teams with a particular focus on complex assessments and managing risk in the community. Marianne’s team of Mental Health Social Workers and RMNs bring a wealth of experience supporting people in hospital, prison and community settings, and work closely with our scheme managers to ensure that our assessments reflect the individual - not only in terms of the support they require, but also their hopes and aspirations for the future.
Our transition process
Our carefully planned transition process is particularly important because of the complex behaviours of the people we work with. It is our experience that the success of the early period of a placement is a critical indicator of overall placement success. Though there is no "one-size-fits-all" approach, we do have a robust transition process that recognises that many individuals will come to us following extensive periods in hospital with possibly limited experience and skills to manage in a society that may, in some cases, have changed beyond recognition.
Our assessment team therefore works very closely with our scheme managers, operations team and other professionals to ensure that everything we learn though our assessment is translated into an effective approach. It's all about making sure the individual is fully prepared and supported at this vital time. To facilitate this, we insist on a minimum two-week transition period, incorporating both day visits and overnight stays, before discharge from the existing placement.
“All of the people we support come and visit during their assessment. If all goes well and they like it, they come in for a few hours, then a full day, and then more days and overnight stays; all in what will be their own flat. This staggered approach helps to introduce people gradually to their new environment.”
Recovery support worker at SIL