My Wellbeing and Recovery Plan
This is the new name for the CPA Care Plan as chosen by you (you can read more about Care Programme Approach here). It is due for launch on the 8th of June 2015 but what does this mean for people accessing services and for people working in mental health? Changing the name on the tin doesn’t mean the contents will taste any better, so here is an outline of what the new care plan is intended to bring (Ellie Apple is fictitious):
- A renewed focus on people’s wellbeing and recovery – This is a shift away from focusing on ‘clinical recovery’; this is about seeing people as individuals within their own life context. Supporting people to build satisfying, fulfilling and enjoyable lives with positive states of mind and body, feeling safe and able to cope, with a sense of connection with people, communities and the wider environment.
- Co-production – Service users, carer’s, supporters and care coordinators working together to develop the care plan. In days past, the care plan was a document that was written by the health care professional, filed in the persons notes and read by staff – the actual person it concerned often had no idea what was in it! The Wellbeing and Recovery Plan is intended to be developed with the person – even better if the person writes their own care plan.
- Working towards the persons goals – This sets a direction of travel with the destination defined by the person it concerns, not the service. Getting to know a person is a good way to find out what the persons goals are; talking about goals and getting a clear understanding of them is a recovery tool in itself. The Wellbeing and Recovery Plan is a place to record the goals and the plan to work towards achieving them. People’s goals don’t stop when their time with mental health services ends, indeed, people will likely only be with mental health services when their needs are greatest. Linking in with local community based support networks – family, supporters, voluntary organisations, volunteering, working, hobbies, interests etc can be vital to the person in reaching their goals and enjoying wellbeing and recovery.
- People having a copy of their care plan – Having worked together to develop the goals, the care plan and the crisis plan, the person should receive a copy of their care plan. This seems straightforward but people have said that they don’t have a copy of their care plan, so what gets in the way of this? I have a few thoughts about this here but feel free to add your own views/comments…….. Care coordinators will now be required to record the date that they shared the care plan with the person – this may be face to face (ideal!) but might be posted out and I look forward to when care plans can be shared digitally……….
The changes are supported by the use of ‘plain English’; people are encouraged to write their own care plans; to say what’s important to them and to have open discussions about their care, support and treatment. Want to make a start at your own care plan? – you can find the template for it here.
As ever, your comments/views/opinions are welcomed……..