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Care Planning Policy

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South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust ‘The Trust’ recognizes its duty to ensure that in partnership relevant health and social care providers – particularly Staffordshire, Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire Local Authorities - that effective and person centered approaches toward care planning are in place using the principles embodied in a number of national guidance documents such as - ‘Refocusing the Care Programme Approach: Policy and Positive Practice Guidance’ DOH 2008.

The Trust recognizes that effective and robust systems can only be developed and be maintained with management support and effective training to all relevant staff, which is mandatory.

The Care Programme Approach (CPA) provides a framework for the delivery of personalized mental health and learning disability care and ensures that those with mental illness/disorder or learning disability do not fall through the safety net of care services.

This Policy applies to all areas, within the Trust, which clinical services and provides the principles for assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating care to those who receive services from the Trust. Clinical directorates will a variety of  processes for care delivery, but will need to be aware of and adhere to the principles set out in this Policy to ensure effective transition between different services that deliver safe, effective care which delivers good patient and carer experience.

This Policy provides the high level aspirations we have as a Trust and describes ‘what good looks like’ –specific operational procedures are set out in the SOP’s associated with this policy, including procedures for the management of the Care Programme Approach (CPA).

This Policy should be read in conjunction with the Trust’s Writing Good Care Plans - A practice guide for service users, carers and professionals” and Trust Care Planning Standards (Appendix 1)

Link to the full Policy:

Care Planning Policy

Writing Good Care Plans

Link to the Equalities Impact Analysis:

Care Planning Policy & SOPs- EIA

Link to the Standard Operating Procedures:

Care Programme Approach (CPA) SOP

CPA 7 Day Follow Up SOP