Care Plan Templates in Adult Community Mental Health Teams in England and Wales: An Evaluation

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Adults accessing community mental health services are required to have a care plan, developed in collaboration with the person accessing the service. The variation in care plan templates in use in England and Wales, and their impact on care planning, is unknown. This study evaluates the community mental health care plan templates in use across England and Wales. Data were obtained from a Freedom of Information request to 50 NHS Mental Health Trusts. An evaluation tool was designed and used to extract data. Data were rated red, amber, or green against clinical and design standards. Forty-seven care plan templates were obtained. The clinical aspect of the care plan template had 60% adherence to the national standards, and the design aspects had 87% adherence. A ‘high/low’ typology is proposed against the design/clinical standards. The study identifies priority areas for improvement in the care plan templates as space to record the actions that service users and carers will take to contribute to their care plan, space to record the name and contact details for their care coordinator or lead professional, plus others involved in the person’s care. This study was not registered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-352
Number of pages13
JournalNursing Reports
Issue number1
Early online date1 Feb 2024
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2024

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