Tag Archive: jargon

Providing written information to the young person and parent/carer about the care plan and how to access services (both routinely and in a crisis); this information needs to be clear, easy to understand and jargon free.

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Providing information at all stages of the pathway about interventions or treatment options to enable young people and parents/carers to make informed decisions about their care appropriate to their competence and capacity; this information needs to be clear, easy to understand and jargon free. From: http://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/mod-camhs-tier-2-3-spec.pdf

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We avoid using medical or psychiatric jargon; if this does occur it is be clearly explained. All young people are provided with a glossary of the frequently used jargon, such as, care team, named nurse, care plan, CPA, Mental Health Act, informal, sectioned etc. Would be beneficial if the young people were asked what kind of terms they would use instead of the jargon.

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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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“…more information at the time of admission to allay their worries, including information about who staff were, what happens within units, and about possible outcomes for their child. A frequent request was for information to be in understandable language without the use of jargon.” (See YoungMinds’ Where Next 2)

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Written materials

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In a study conducted by YoungMinds (2003), young people emphasised the need for written materials to:

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