About Us

Founding members of Thornton & Lee; Rebecca Thornton and Faye Lie-Critchley met as practicing Social Workers in a busy acute hospital team in 2016; before going on to co-manage the hospital Social Work team together; with proven strong leadership skills and innovation success.

We collectively hold over two decades of experience as qualified Social Workers. Our approach to specialist assessments and services are person-centred, and always professional. We personally oversee and quality assure every single assessment that comes through Thornton & Lee.

We have extensive experience working across Adult Social Care, working with highly complex presentations and diagnoses. We specialise in assessing and working in partnership with those experiencing dementia, brain injury, Korsakoff’s, physical disability, stroke related dementia, and much more. This includes completing assessments with those who have additional needs, such as communication, visual or hearing impairments. We both have always held a strong interest in the area of mental capacity, sharing a common devotion for representing, and when required, protecting those who may be vulnerable.

Over our collective experience we have worked with adults who show varying levels of social care needs. As a result, we have accrued a significant level of experience and a high skillset that enables us to deliver the highest quality of holistic assessments.

We welcome referrals from both professionals and members of the public

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Rebecca Thornton

Qualified as a Social Worker in 2010, then joining a busy community team working with adults with complex care needs. Rebecca has also worked as a Specialist Neurological Social Worker in a brain injury hospital, where she became an expert in assessing more complex mental capacity, and executive mental capacity, and securing NHS Continuing Healthcare funding. Rebecca has extensive experience of working with those with substance misuse concerns, and those experiencing mental health difficulties. Rebecca is trained in chairing complex safeguarding planning meetings, and Best Interest meetings. Rebecca has also worked as a Social Work manager in both an acute hospital, and an adults community team.

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Faye Lie-Critchley

Began career working with adults with learning disabilities. Faye has worked in a centre for those experiencing domestic abuse, facilitating group therapy, in addition to providing one-to-one support. Faye has also worked in an acute hospital as a Social Worker, specialising in working with those experiencing dementia and challenging behaviour. Faye is an expert in working with those with neurological disorders, and in all adult safeguarding matters, although she takes a particular interest in financial safeguardings. Other accomplishments include the highest level of skill in contributing to NHS continuing Healthcare Assessments. Faye has also led as a manager of several Hospital Social Work teams.

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