Helena Cava

Career Synopsis

Helena is a qualified social worker and became an independent consultant and trainer in 1997.

Helena is well regarded as a self-motivated, committed and professional senior adult social care consultant and trainer. She has extensive experience within the statutory and independent sector of staff management, project based consultancy, training and interim management of operational services. With a sound knowledge base within the social care sector, her skills include research, the designing and delivering of training modules, detailed analysis, investigation, and assessment.

Helena has a background in health based social work and has worked in a number of diverse local authority settings; carrying out organisational reviews, and projects related to Fair Access to Care Services (FACS), assessment and care planning. Over the last six years Helena’s work has centred on personalisation. She has assisted councils with its implementation through training programmes, chairing a Policies and Procedures sub group of the Transformation Board, running a Champions Groups and mentoring and has since assisted five other authorities with their transition, in one delivering all training to over 500 staff and in another acting as a Change Manager. For the last year, Helena has been working in a London Borough revising operational policies and considering practice and workforce development implications of the Care Act.

Special Skills and Interests

Assessment, eligibility, care planning and reviews

Experience in statutory and voluntary sector settings of managing and supervising staff

Extensive experience of designing and delivering training programmes

Workshop facilitator

Mentoring and coaching

Reviewer of services and organisational structures

Complaints investigator

Production of a range of detailed reports

Organisational skills

Independent assessment of complex cases


Helena is committed to maximising the potential of those she works with and in taking personal and professional responsibility. She is an effective communicator and values honesty and openness.

Main Qualifications: BSc Econs, CQSW
Registration: HCPC Registered
Professional Membership: College of Social Work
Insurance: Full Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance
DBS: Available