Immediate Needs Assessment

An immediate needs assessment (INA) is prepared following a detailed analysis of the individual’s holistic needs, goals and expected outcomes. On receipt of a referral for case management services from the individual’s solicitor/Receiver/ or insurance company, CPIMS will review any medical and other reports provided by the instructing party and then meet with the individual and family in order to undertake a detailed assessment of needs within 2 weeks. It is our policy to comply with the best practice guidelines under the Rehabilitation Code 2015.

The Rehabilitation Code provides an approved framework for personal injury claims within which the claimant’s representatives and compensators can work together. We are familiar with joint referrals under joint agreements between the claimant’s solicitor and the insurer. Under the Rehabilitation code 2015 this approach ensures that assessment and identification of need is provided at the earliest opportunity and the injured party has access to rehabilitation and support at the earliest opportunity. It is widely accepted that early intervention can achieve the best outcomes enabling individuals returning to independence and where possible to gainful employment.

The INA will include the following:

  • Current and past medical details, including health problems and injuries sustained
  • Client’s social, domestic and occupational situation
  • Current support client receives and information about other individuals and agencies involved
  • Identification of environmental, equipment, housing and adaptation needs
  • Physical restrictions caused by the injury and the impact on activities of daily living
  • Cognitive and behavioural implications of the injury and the impact on activities of daily living
  • Identification of case management and rehabilitation needs with detailed costs
  • Recommendations for therapeutic interventions and rehabilitation with detailed costs
  • Further specialist assessments that may be required; neuropsychological assessment, speech and language assessment and associated costs.

Once an agreement to implement the recommendations has been reached with the fund holder and the individual, case management and rehabilitation can commence, and specialist therapists will be introduced as required.