This guidance manual is for use by professionals who need to assess individuals’ mental health needs. It uses a standard framework, with guidance, for multidisciplinary staff to complete a general, holistic assessment of clients referred to community mental health teams.
The manual seeks to improve standards of assessment across teams and encourage the involvement of carers and service users in the assessment process. It provides detailed guidance for students or inexperienced staff and is also a valuable reference resource for more experienced staff. It can be used as a supervision tool and to assess competency in this area.
Forms to use with the manual can be purchased separately.
Managers and multidisciplinary staff in community mental health teams, mental health trusts, acute health trusts, universities and students.
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media
Publication: 01 February 2011
Content includes: Key points to consider before assessment (the 5Ws); Guidance on conducting an assessment; Guidance on information to be obtained
Assessment areas include: Family mental health history; Drug and alcohol history; Current social circumstances; Mental state examination; Risk assessment