"My care plan"
About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health (inpatient) Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Adult mental health (inpatient) NG3 6AA
Posted by jess7 (as ),
Care Plan Assessment
My Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN) recently gave me my care plan and asked me to sign it. When I looked at it there were only three things on it. These were about my medication and about two appointments I had with my CPN and my Psychiatrist.
I could not believe that an enhanced level care plan that states there could be 12 headings could be written by my CPN with such a lack of care.
Care plans are designed to look at a person holistically. The categories relate to the persons physical as well as mental health, finances, accommodation, daily living skills, social network, leisure opportunities, employment/ training and culture and childcare.
So I asked my CPN to book me in to spend time on going through my care plan.
What I still find interesting is that physical health seems to be ignored and as I am obese no-one seems concerned about this.
So I had my G.P refer me to Positive Moves or exercise on prescription, which gives me 3 month trial with a local leisure centre. Incidentally I have never been referred to a nutritionist for weight gain due to taking medication.
My CPN has offered me mental health groups as regards to making friends. With the day services closing CPN’S and Social workers should be able to point their service users in the right direction for courses and work.
I am a regular volunteer at the Involvement centre which is part of my recovery and yet it was not mentioned on my care plan. People with mental health problems need to work if they can. For me working raises self esteem and gives me a sense of purpose, which improves my mental health.
So what is happening in 2010 for my CPN to give me such a care plan assessment? Psychiatrists should make sure that service users and Care Plan reviews are dealt with in a positive way to make the most of care plans.