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Every young person who comes to unit will have a set of care plans developed specifically for them. Care plans detail the reasons they are in hospital, the plans to help them get well and stay well and finally a plan for discharge from hospital. Named nurses work with them to develop these care plans.

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We conduct an initial family meeting in which we seek out their hopes, concerns and expectations. We contact allocated key family members prior to ward rounds and get them in care plans and so on. There should be no divide between the family and the professionals.

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Sometimes it’s necessary to integrate into care plans post-nightmare-support for YP who feel traumatised by bad dreams which are often triggered by traumatising past experiences.

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Providing written assessments, care plans, etc. that are easy to understand and jargon free; any technical terms in these assessments/care plans should be defined. From: http://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/mod-camhs-tier-2-3-spec.pdf

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Closing the Gap through Changing Relationships programme

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Camden CAMHS and the Anna Freud Centre ran a project as part of their Closing the Gap through Changing Relationships programme. They wanted to use shared decision making to support young people with mental health problems and their families to make informed choices and become active partners in their treatment.

The project was very successful, proving that shared decision-making is not just a powerful tool for physical health issues. Clinicians reported that using shared decision making radically changed the way they interacted with service users, making relationships more open and transparent. Young people reported feeling more engaged and involved in their care, more able to take responsibility for their actions and more committed to following care plans they’d been involved in developing. The team found evidence of improved outcomes in individual cases and anecdotal evidence from nurses in an outpatient unit, suggested that shared decision making led to fewer incidences of aggressive behaviour. From here

Read more about the CAMHS project or watch a video interview with Kate Martin from Camden CAMHS.

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Young people co-write care plans

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“One of our aims is to empower young people by providing them with a safe environment to face their difficulties. Young people co-write care plans give them opportunity to express in their own words what’s going on for them and what their goals are. Staff help them evaluate their problems and setbacks and to learn from them. They have a variety of care plans throughout their admission as their needs are likely to change.”

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