The ILF Assessors (ILFAs) are expected to be qualified:
- professionally registered Social Workers
- Occupational Therapists, or
- Community Nurses
They must also have current knowledge and experience of establishing community care packages for disabled adults. Someone working full time would not normally be considered. If an ILFA is already working for a local authority, they are not able to carry out assessments for Group 2 candidates in their own local authority area.
There are currently about 80 self-employed ILFAs, who, are engaged on the basis of a Terms of Appointment. ILFAs are engaged on a sessional basis and there is no commitment on the part of the ILF to provide a fixed amount of work, nor any commitment on ILFAs to undertake a fixed amount of work.
Being self-employed, ILFAs are responsible for their own tax and National Insurance payments. The current fee for each assessment is £92.40 (£109.50 in London) and travelling expenses are paid on the basis of 40p per mile.
ILFAs are requested to carry out reassessments to Group 1 and Group 2 clients as part of the revisit programme. In addition ILFAs carry out reassessments requested by the ILF user or the local authority.
Induction training is currently provided over four days in Nottingham. Senior Social Work Managers provide ongoing support for ILFAs and are responsible for the quality of work provided by the ILF Assessors. ILFAs are sent regular information about the ILF, and ILFAs are expected to attend Study Days in their area, and an annual conference in Nottingham.