Implementing the Four Core Care Plans across a large independent mental health organisation to improve practice
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Implementing the Four Core Care Plans across a large independent mental health organisation to improve practice

Rebecca Rylance Associate head, School of Health Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, England
Peter Graham Associate director of nursing, Northern Region, Healthcare Division, Priory Group, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To recognise the importance of involving service users in the care planning process

  • To understand how care planning practice could be improved in mental health organisations

  • To learn about a service improvement initiative that increased service user involvement in care planning and enabled the multidisciplinary team to contribute to this process

The care planning process can provide meaningful therapeutic engagement with service users, and the concept of service users being collaborators in their care plans is central to best practice. However, it has been suggested that, in practice, care planning is largely a ‘paper exercise’ that is usually only performed by nurses, with service users often excluded from the process. This article discusses the development and implementation of a service improvement initiative – the Four Core Care Plans – which aimed to increase service user involvement in care planning and enable the multidisciplinary team to contribute to the process. It also details the organisational outcomes that were identified after the implementation of the Four Core Care Plans across a large independent mental health organisation.

Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2021.e1560

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Correspondence

r.rylance@liverpool.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Rylance R, Graham P (2021) Implementing the Four Core Care Plans across a large independent mental health organisation to improve practice. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2021.e1560

Published online: 25 May 2021

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