After assessment, we devise a care plan that will outline what care or treatment a person will receive.
The care plan is likely to include interventions provided by a range of different professionals which may be doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists or other clinical staff. This is often referred to as the Care Programme Approach, commonly known as CPA.
It is important that service users, and where appropriate carers, participate in developing care plans so that the care plan meets service user’s individual needs as we know that everyone is different. The service users should receive a copy of their CPA. This Plan should be discussed at regular CPA review meetings and all care and treatment that service users receive should be included in the care plan.
For some service users an important part of a person’s CPA is their recovery plan. This is the aspect of the care plan that aims to make sure that the care plan meets the individual’s longer term needs for sustained good mental health – supporting them with, for example, health, social, family and employment issues as required. It might also include instructions for how they will manage, and how they wish to be treated, in the event of a relapse in their health.