If you are assessed by Kirklees Council and are found to be eligible for support, the next stage is to draw up a care and support plan, or in the case of a carer with eligible needs, a support plan.

What a support plan is for

The support plan sets out how your care and support needs will be met.

You will be fully involved in the preparation of your care plan, and you and anyone else you request will also get a written copy.

The care plan will identify:

  • the needs identified by the assessment
  • whether, and to what extent, the needs meet the eligibility criteria
  • the needs that the council is going to meet, and how it intends to do so
  • for a person needing care, for which of the desired outcomes care and support could be relevant
  • for a carer, the outcomes the carer wishes to achieve, and their wishes around providing care, work, education and recreation where support could be relevant
  • the personal budget
  • information and advice on what can be done to reduce the needs in question, and to prevent or delay the development of needs in the future
  • where needs are being met via a direct payment, the needs to be met via the direct payment and the amount and frequency of the payments

The support plan will be individual to you, and you will be allowed to have as much involvement in the development of your plan as you wish.

How the support plan will help

Care and support should help you to:

  • live independently
  • have as much control over your life as possible
  • participate in society on an equal level, with access to employment and a family life
  • have the best possible quality of life
  • keep as much dignity and respect as possible

If there are different options that would meet your assessed needs equally well, the council can choose what we believe are the most cost-effective options.

Reviewing a support plan

Your support plan will be reviewed by the council within the first three months, and then at least annually.

The review looks at whether the outcomes identified in the care plan are being met. It will also review these goals to make sure they're still appropriate (and for instance, that your care and support needs haven't changed), and check that any risk assessments are up to date.

The review will identify:-

  • see what is / isn't working
  • see what you actually use your personal budget for
  • make sure it's as agreed in your support plan
  • make sure that it's meeting your social care needs
  • make changes to your support that you want or need