Date posted: 30th September 2016

Immediate Needs Assessments are important to ensure every patient receives personalised care before, during and after treatment. At CPIMS, we provide individual care for individual people and the needs assessment process assists us in delivering the most appropriate rehabilitation services that are tailored to the individual’s specific needs. We have compiled a guide which explains the assessment of needs, its purpose and the process of conducting the assessment.

What is an Immediate Needs Assessment?

An Immediate Needs Assessment, or INA, is a report focusing on the assessed holistic needs, goals and expected outcomes of an individual after suffering an injury. The assessment is utilised to determine the right treatment plan and to formulate the appropriate rehabilitation services for the individual and their families, following injury. At CPIMS we specialise in treating people who have suffered neurological injuries, such as a brain injury or spinal cord injury. We also specialise in polytrauma, or catastrophic injuries and in such cases the individual will have had multiple musculoskeletal injuries. The INA coordinates the rehabilitation process and risk assessments and assists the multidisciplinary team to coordinate the rehabilitation process maximising independence and assisting individuals to take control of their circumstances with the aim of restoring their life and maximising their potential to as near normal as possible.

Process of Conducting an Immediate Needs Assessment

An Immediate Needs Assessment can be carried out at any stage of the recovery process. We will review and consult the medical records and expert reports, if available, in order to determine the right goals to suit the individual’s needs. This may involve risk assessments or other tests and we work closely with the individual and their significant others to ensure we personalise the package of care.

At CPIMS, we work to undertake the assessment of needs within two weeks of meeting with the family. Once the needs assessment process has been conducted, an agreement to implement the recommendations can be reached and rehabilitation can commence.

What is included in a needs assessment?

The assessment of needs report is a detailed document and will include the following information:

  • Current and past medical details – health problems and injuries.
  • Their social, domestic and occupational situation.
  • Support that the client receives.
  • Environmental, equipment, housing and adaptation requirements.
  • Physical restrictions caused by the injury and the impact on daily life.
  • Cognitive and behavioural implications of the injury.
  • Identification of case management and rehabilitation needs, including costs.
  • Recommendations for therapeutic interventions and rehabilitation with detailed costs.
  • Specialist assessments that may be required, such as a neurological assessment, speech and language assessment and associated costs.
  • Risk assessments and proposed plan of care to reduce or control those risks.
  • The individual’s goals and the timeframe in which they are expected to meet those goals.

Assessment of needs and the Rehabilitation Code

The Rehabilitation Code is an approved framework for personal injury, ensuring claimants receive quality of care. Early intervention is key to achieving the best outcomes for each individual and the 2015 rehabilitation code ensures the assessment and identification of need is provided as early as possible in order to provide the best chance of the individual regaining independence and securing employment. CPIMS is an experienced provider under the Rehabilitation Code 2015 and we are jointly instructed in a lot of our cases.

If you require further information, about the Immediate Needs Assessment process or any of CPIMS’ services, please contact us today by calling 0844 3710616 or email

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