With over 25 years’ experience, ILS Case Management are specialists in supporting children, young people and adults with catastrophic injury.
We have a national network of highly qualified Case Managers supported by an experienced head office team including recruitment, HR and payroll services for client care teams.
This puts us in a unique position to offer completely holistic clinical and therapeutic support for your client.
Our Case Managers all have professional backgrounds including occupational therapy, physiotherapy and social work, and each provides a bespoke person-centred approach, upholding the core values of the company.
Their knowledgebase covers a breadth of areas of expertise including, but not limited to:
Acquired brain injury
Spinal cord injury
Multiple orthopaedic injuries
Mental health issues
In addition, each Case Manager is a member of BABICM and CMSUK and many have achieved Advanced Registered Practitioner Status with BABICM.
We recognise that funding is not always available immediately. In order to allow early case management intervention for your client we can offer deferred payment for the INA and to start case management. Early rehabilitation will facilitate the best outcomes for your client and their family.
In response to feedback from Deputies we can now offer a new Fixed Monthly Payments model to support managing the costs of case management.
ILS Case Management provide services in:
Nationwide (throughout England), Wales.
The team at ILS
Services provided by ILS Case Management
Our Case Managers primary focus is the client’s best interests, coordinating care and rehabilitation, tailored to their specific needs. Their aim is to enable the client to regain and maintain the best quality of life, supporting them in every aspect of their physical, cognitive, and emotional wellbeing.
Companionship / Buddy Service
Our case managers can work with clients solely to recruit and manage a buddy or companion. This can enable people to undertake activities in their home or in the community to improve their quality of life.
Client HR Service
Our Client HR team assist our Case Managers to recruit and onboard directly recruited Support Workers for our clients. In addition, the HR service includes managing probationary periods; variation to contracts; managing performance; family friendly processes i.e., maternity, flexible working etc.; termination of employment including redundancy.
Client Payroll Service
The Client Payroll service includes a dedicated payroll officer for each client team; end to end processing of each client’s payroll; annual leave in line with the Good Work Plan legislation changes; payments to Support Workers; set up, administration and ongoing support with clients auto-enrolment pension scheme; and more.
Flexible Business Terms
Funding is not always available immediately and we know that early case management intervention supports the best outcomes for clients. We coffer deferred payment to bridge the funding gap to enable an early INA or start to case management. We also offer a Fixed Monthly Payments model to help manage costs.
Testimonials for ILS Case Management
I have no hesitation in recommending them
I have worked with Independent Living Solutions for many years, and they have been unfailingly supportive of my catastrophically injured clients. Their case managers operate on a very client-centred approach, they are responsive, efficient, vastly experienced and above all empathetic to the needs and concerns of their clients. I have no hesitation in recommending them.
James Davies, Partner, Irwin Mitchell LLP
Highly experienced and professional front line
I have happily worked with ILS for many years. Whether providing an immediate needs assessment or case management, the focus is always on the client and his or her needs. ILS have a highly experienced and professional front line and back-office team who are passionate about what they do, often in complex and trying circumstances involving clients with severe, life-changing injuries.
Lee Hart, Partner, Clarke Willmott LLP
Clear understanding of the needs of our clients
ILS have a clear understanding of the needs of our clients and a sympathetic and diplomatic approach with their families, aiming to build constructive relationships to ensure the needs of the client are optimally managed both pre and post settlement. Their approach ties in with our own ethos to provide a tailored, bespoke service to help improve quality of life and ensure adequate and appropriate future provision and for these reasons I would not hesitate to recommend them.
Hannah Carr, Associate Solicitor at Novum Law
Calm, methodical and well-supported
ILS are one of our top three referrers, providing thoughtful, caring and well-rounded case management. As is often the case with brain injury, managing the everyday can be a complex challenge and our experience of working alongside our case manager colleagues at ILS, is to see a calm, methodical and well-supported way of doing so, that really is in the very best interests of the client.
Lois Shafik-Hooper, COO at Recolo
Read Case Studies from ILS Case Management
Our client Emily
On her way to a festival one evening in 2018, Emily was knocked down by a hit and run driver. Emily suffered a traumatic brain injury and was taken to hospital after being assessed by London Air Ambulance which is part of the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS).
While in the rehabilitation unit of Amersham Hospital ILS Professional Mentor, Tim Gilbert, visited Emily to make an initial assessment of her needs. At this stage Emily used a wheelchair and one of her first goals was to be able to walk her dogs. Emily has a goat, donkeys, chickens and cats as well as her dogs at home and cites her love of animals as a big part of her rehabilitation journey. On returning home she recalls how her Dad would push her along in her wheelchair when they first took the dogs out. But through her rehabilitation Emily is now able to walk at least 5 miles which, as she says, is handy as it’s far enough to get to the local pub and back!
Emily has also reignited her love of art through art therapy sessions and has been channelling this passion into making and selling cards to raise money for the NHS and the HEMS who Emily credits with helping to save her life.
In early 2019, Catherine was assigned as Emily’s Case Manager and has been continuing to support Emily in defining her goals. This includes returning part-time to the job role she had before her accident. Emily recalls: “It was really nice to meet Catherine and meet someone who actually could understand me. [Because] she’s got a physiotherapy background it was very helpful in that respect.”
And it isn’t just Emily who appreciates the support that Catherine has been able to provide.
Emily’s Mum, Ann said “I was very relieved when Catherine came on board, and it was a great help because she was able to come with us to view all the different rehab centres.”
With her rehabilitation going so well, Emily has also been exploring new career opportunities for the future. Having worked for a Superfoods company prior to the accident, Emily was aware of the connection between the gut and the brain and wants to pursue her interest in nutrition further. She is considering undertaking a university degree to advance this interest with a view to becoming a qualified nutritionist. Her love of baking has been a constant throughout and she is still keen, despite having lost her sense of smell and taste as a result of the accident.
Another result of the brain injury is a condition known as pseudobulbar affect (PBA), which results in episodes of sudden uncontrollable and inappropriate laughing or crying. In Emily’s case she will laugh or giggle even when she hears something sad. Emily describes it as “emotional incontinence” but is learning to deal with it and tells people she meets that she has it so that they understand. Despite the potential for some awkward situations, her mum, Ann, explains that the upside is that something the family finds funny will be absolutely hilarious to Emily which in turn brings more laughter into the house.
Emily’s strength is improving all the time and she has now re-learnt how to drive. While her choice of vehicle to learn in was not a typical learner car, the large pickup truck is the one she is most familiar with as she used to drive it to and from the local railway station before the accident. She admits she had the occasional “incident” such as almost bumping the family barn recently!
Emily’s case manager has been amazed by her progress, stating “I remember coming to visit Emily just as I was about to take over [her] case from Tim, and physically [she] was in such a different position to what [she] is now… [She’s] achieved so much”.
Catherine continues to support Emily with her future goals which include moving out of the family home and living independently which is something Emily is hoping to do in the new year. With such a positive outlook on life and family, friends and her case manager beside her, we look forward to following Emily’s future achievements.
Our client Jamie
In August 1995, aged 7, Jamie was knocked over by a car outside his family home. Jamie suffered a severe brain injury; was unable to walk and had severe epilepsy.
Jamie was one of ILS’s first clients, and Karenmarie, now one of our directors, began his occupational therapy in 1999; initiating case management shortly after.
Since his accident, Jamie was in and out of hospital and undergoing rehabilitation for approximately ten years. Now an adult, he requires twenty-four-hour care and support, and uses a powered wheelchair both indoors and out.
In 2011 Eliot was assigned as Jamie’s case manager to support Jamie and his family. This includes supporting his transition through education, recruiting and supervising excellent support workers, and choosing suitable vehicles that can be adapted for Jamie’s wheelchair. Jamie now has one main carer each day which provides his mum, Lucy, with respite from his everyday care – a support that is highly valued by the whole family. Jamie also has a physiotherapist and occupational therapist to continue his multi-disciplinary therapy. Alongside this, he is encouraged to do recommended stretching exercises, and uses his standing frame at home.
He works closely with a neurologist which has meant that his epilepsy is almost completely under control. Eliot also arranges bi-annual team meetings for Jamie, his family and his support workers to get together, review Jamie’s progress from the past six months, and set goals for the next.
Eliot introduced Jamie to Disability Initiative, a charity offering activity-based opportunities to people with disabilities. To date, Jamie has taken-part in cooking, sewing and ceramics – a very good match for Jamie who is very creative. He has also developed a passion for boxing and attends the centre's regular training sessions which have helped to build his core strength and stamina in an exciting and stimulating environment.
In his spare time, Jamie has been companion-cycling with his support-worker, enjoys going out for meals, and loves to play board games with his family and support worker.
Our client Thomas
Case Manager, Suzanne Dickinson, has 25 years’ experience as an OT and has been providing case management for adults who have a variety of conditions and complex needs, including ABI and spinal injury, for over 8 years. Using her person-centred approach, she supports her clients in adapting to disability, maximising their independence and accessing leisure pursuits and employment, skills that were brought to the fore recently when one of her clients, Thomas expressed a desire to get a puppy.
However, instead of simply sourcing a puppy, Suzanne took the time to get to know why Thomas wanted a dog and talked to him about the benefits of becoming a pet owner and about the responsibilities and practicalities of looking after one. She recognised that a puppy would motivate Thomas to achieve some of his rehabilitation goals and would provide an excellent way of assessing his potential to achieve independence in other areas of his life in the future. Suzanne then arranged for Becky a dog trainer to visit and work with Thomas which prepared him for getting a dog and educated him about how to keep his pet happy, healthy and well-trained. Thomas was supported in defining what sort of dog would suit him best and in finally choosing a puppy.
“Reggie” the Cockapoo arrived and when Suzanne went to visit, she said Thomas opened the door with the dog in his arms and said, “This is Reggie and I love him!” Since then, Thomas has shown greater confidence and is thriving on having this additional responsibility. Suzanne has worked closely with Thomas’s work placement provider and made arrangements with them to accommodate Reggie so that he can safely accompany Thomas to work.
Suzanne continues to work with Becky, the dog trainer in supporting Thomas to learn new skills and develop existing ones. Becky has introduced Thomas to dog emoji’s to help him to identify when Reggie might be feeling anxious and when he is just excited! Becky has been creative and has adapted her approach to meet Thomas and Reggie’s needs. Thomas’s Mum says the way Suzanne has supported her son to achieve this goal in such a creative way has been ‘life changing’ for him and has bought her and her son closer together.
The preparation, continued training and the relationship with Reggie has taught Thomas so much. It has also taught Suzanne and others that support him, a great deal about Thomas.
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Intro to ILS (Alison)
Introduction to ILS Case Management from Alison Barker
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