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 eligibility implementation, assessment and care and support planning. Four around ten 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 assisted a number of authorities with their transition. In one, delivering all training to over 500 staff and in another acting as a Change Manager. Helena also has experience in working with local authorities in their revision of Adult Social Care operational policies and considering practice and workforce development implications arising from changes in Legislation, Policy and Guidance.


Special Skills and Interests

  • Assessment, eligibility, care and support planning and reviews
  • Experience in statutory and voluntary sector settings of managing and supervising staff
  • Extensive experience of designing and delivering training programmes, including the Care Act, the Strengths Based Approach, Positive Risk Taking and Defensible Decision Making
  • 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: SWE Registered
Professional Membership: British Association of  Social Work (BASW)
Insurance: Full Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance
DBS: Available