Social Services

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Information about:

  • social care assessments and eligibility
  • for people who are eligible to receive certain care and support, they can be offered direct payments so they can choose the care services they wish to pay for
  • assistive technology to enable a person to live as independently as possible
  • safeguarding vulnerable adults in need of social care support.
  • The ‘What Matters’ approach to delivering social care support.  This approach is about supporting people to identify their strengths and helping them realise their potential to make it possible for people to live as healthily and independently as possible.

Issues to consider:

  • Has consent been given by the patient for you to refer them to Social Care?
  • If not, why?
  • Are there mental capacity issues?
  • Are you making a Best Interest decision?
  • Are there safeguarding issues?

New ways of working: social workers in GP practices
GPs consistently say they struggle to access social care, so a pilot was set up to test new ways of working, with social workers being co-located in GP practices. Long-term decisions, post-pilot, have yet to be determined, but it is thought that there will be changes to the main social care service as a result of the overwhelmingly positive feedback from GPs and practice staff.

To find out more about adult social care in Camden, email Prevention and Wellbeing Service Manager,

How to refer


A referral email can be sent by GPs, family, carers, friends etc. on patient's behalf.


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