New Look Care Plans

A Person Centred Approach to ASD Care

We have completely overhauled our care plans to incorporate the principles of Person Centred Planning whilst making them easier for service users to understand. In addition, we have introduced a new and more flexible electronic format for plans.

The care plans created for each individual at all our homes have been completely revised and improved following comments and recommendations from CQC (Care Quality Commission) inspectors.

The inspectors asked us to simplify the care plans used in our two hospitals to make them more user-friendly for people with learning disabilities.

"We didn't want to simply make a few tweaks," says Paul Blackmore, Hospital Manager at Modus Care. "We have gone right back to the beginning and created a care plan that is now in an electronic format and in a simplified form."

The people we support are very complex and need a person centred approach to deliver the complex plans that ensure they are fully supported in achieving their goals. In making this process more accessible, the care plan has been redesigned to be a more dynamic and fluid tool for supporting the person to plan and implement their care and support, whilst retaining the detail required for staff in clear sets of guidelines.

The new format for the care plans was trialled in early Spring of 2013 for two new admissions.

Paul says: "We made a few tweaks following this process and are on schedule to roll it out by the end of June 2013."

Kate Thorn, Compliance Manager at Modus Care, says creating the new format for the care plans, which now incorporate principles of Person Centred Planning, has been complex, because of the need to pull together numerous, disparate sources of information and present them in a clear and simple format. "The electronic format does bring many advantages," she says, "and we are confident the new plans will meet the requirements of the CQC, while still providing the personalisation our service users have come to expect."