Care plan guidelines launched to tackle variation

Clinicians to benefit from new guide to developing care plans for those suffering mental ill health, dementia or learning disability

Wednesday 21st August 2019

Dementia sufferers, those experiencing mental ill health and people with learning disabilities are to benefit from a new guide issued by the Mental Welfare Commission (MWC).

Designed to help nurses and other clinical staff create person-centred care plans, the new guidelines will also help to tackle variations in the quality of care plans provided and service user participation levels.

Integral to helping individuals recover, care plans describe the treatment and care an individual should receive, providing a written record of needs, action and responsibilities.

Alison Thomson, executive director of nursing at the MWC, said:

“We wrote this new guide because when visiting services we increasingly find that the quality of care plans, and the level of participation by the patient or person using services, vary considerably.”

“Everyone using mental health, dementia and learning disability services has the right to a care plan which is personal to them.

“They also have a right to be involved in developing their care plan, to know what is in their care plan, and to be involved in writing their care plan.

“We hope that this new guide will be shared widely and used by services across Scotland to help improve care plans, and to ensure that the needs and aspirations of people using services have been taken into account.”

Almost 150 people were consulted for the guide, including individuals who had experience of mental illness, were relatives or carers, people with dementia or acquired brain injury and advocacy workers.