The Care Programme Approach (CPA)

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Modus Care hospital services operate under the Care Programme Approach. This approach was introduced in England in April 1991, and is a system for Health Authorities and Social Services Departments to arrange the care and treatment of mentally ill people.

The care programme approach operates on four main levels;

  • Assessment
  • Care planning
  • Allocation of a key worker (Care Co-ordinator)
  • Regular reviews

The centre of all care plans and reviews should be the patient.

In 1999 the CPA was reviewed and some changes made. This involved the integration of care management with the CPA, the development of two levels (standard and enhanced) appointment of a lead officer for interagency operations, audit and risk assessment and management.

Within Modus Care the provisions of the CPA are applied via thorough initial service needs assessment, allocation of a named nurse to supervise the development of a detailed care plan, systematic risk assessment & management and regular reviews of care.

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Service User Plans

Service users in Modus residential units do not usually come under the provisions of the Care Programme Approach, however are supported via a comprehensive service user plan, as required by the National Minimum Standards for Care Homes for Adults. Service users are allocated a named key worker to oversee the implementation of the service user plan, and the service user is central to the development of this plan as far as possible.

Regular service user plan reviews take place, involving multi-disciplinary agencies where appropriate, to ensure continued progress where possible.

All care plans, whether residential or under the CPA, are focused on increasing independence and improving standards of living wherever possible, keeping the needs and wishes of the service user or patient at its centre.