Immediate Needs Assessment (INA)

What is an INA?

An Immediate Needs Assessment (INA) is a comprehensive report which is compiled by your child’s case manager in conjunction with you and your wider family. It includes costings and recommendations for your child’s ongoing support, rehabilitation and care.

Children with complex health needs require an assessment as quickly as possible in order to rapidly get the support they need. Their families, too, need the reassurance of a speedy yet thorough assessment process so that they can embark on the journey of helping their child to integrate more fully with their everyday activities and enjoy the best quality of life possible. Here at Alder Associates, we understand how important it is for our paediatric clients and their families to get the INA carried out at as early a stage as possible. After all, in our combined forty years of experience in care, our professional team has seen first hand the benefits of early assessment when it comes to facilitating effective rehabilitation. That’s why we always make sure that our new clients are assessed as soon as possible after a successful meet and greet.

Who carries out the INA?

Your highly-skilled case manager will carry out your child’s Initial INA once agreed by yourselves. You can rest assured that the manager carrying out the INA is clinically qualified and experienced. Many of our staff are registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, and as a paediatric case management company we are registered with recognised healthcare industry bodies including BABICM, the RCN and CMSUK, so you can be confident that your child’s case will be in the safest hands.

What will happen next?

Following the instruction of case management, you will be contacted by our team to arrange an in-person visit as quickly as possible subject to your availability. The assessment visit(s) will always be tailored to the specific needs of your child in question and your family.

The assessment visits and calls will be summarised and put in context for the most in-depth understanding of the situation and the impact the injury has had on daily life for everyone involved. A full report will then be drawn up, including all the priorities that have been identified by the child and family. Identifying these priorities are helpful in ensuring case management is successful and client-centred, since some will be used towards recommendations going forward.

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