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can a cpn or Occupational therapists - Carers UK Forum

can a cpn or Occupational therapists

Share information, support and advice on all aspects of caring.
1) give counciling.
2) do carers assenment
Sorry, I don't know what a CPN is?
I always thought that only social services could do a Carer's Assessment. Unless anyone knows differently?
Community Psychiatric Nurse, Fran.
SSA. Single, shared, assessment.
Meaning, its so simple that anyone can do it. Some authorities have given up and let you do a self-assessment. Bravo!
If I need counciling, (sic) I will contact my elected councillor or attend their free surgery.
A CPN can arrange counselling but an OT can't.

Both can carry out a carers assessment but it's best that the CPN or a social worker does it - they are usually more aware of the help that might be available.
Fair point - counselling takes many forms and I guess it depends on the help you need: marriage guidance, benefits and finances, healthcare, unemployment, religious and spititual, bereavement, citizens advice, etc. - most of which have specialist agencies you just self-refer to. I wasnt being entirely facetious about local councilllors surgeries though I have never been able to figure why they are spelled differently - they are often very knowledgeable and useful sources of information and advice about issues like social care, education and housing.
thank you all the the information it has helped alot