I popped into WH Smiths this morning and my eyes were drawn to a special offer on those “Home Organisers” boxes. This was a buy one get one free deal for £14.99. A nice shade of blue. A sturdy handle. And 20 compartments.
Back at my placement, I gleefully started to sort out piles of paperwork that have been cluttering up the dining room table for months.
Would you believe (Yes, I’m sure you would) that I managed to fill up all 20 compartments with stuff just relating to Steven’s care package? Haven’t got on to his household bills or his benefits yet. They’ll have to go into the second organiser. Such is the bureaucracy, micro management and sheer volume of the care system that one box is crammed to bursting point. And this is just stuff from 2017. The built in wardrobe is now home to the Archives – the museum behind my Slumberland.
Anyway, here is my filing system:
1. Care Plans
2. Capacity Assessments.
3. Best Interest Assessments.
4. Community DoLS forms and reports.
5. Financial Deputyship Reports & Correspondence.
6. Welfare Deputyship Reports & Correspondence.
7. Letters to and from the Office of the Public Guardian.
8. Court Orders & Judgments.
9. Correspondence re Care Package charges.
10. Direct Payment monthly audit reports.
11. Bank statements for monthly direct payment audits.
12. Receipts for monthly direct payment audits.
13. Letters to and from the Direct Payments team following their surveillance of the accounts.
14. Support Workers contracts & job descriptions.
15. Support Workers tax returns to HMRC.
16. Support Workers pay slips for monthly direct payment audits.
17. Support Workers timesheets for monthly direct payment audits.
18. Correspondence to and from HMRC re Personal Budget.
19. Risk Assessment & Risk Management Plans (Abridged versions).
20. General Correspondence to and from social worker.
If I had brought an organising folder from WH Smith for myself, I wouldn’t need any of the compartments 1 – 20 above.