By Nick Wrycraft

This e-book is a realistic and updated textual content on evaluation, a primary ability for psychological future health nurses.

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There may be a referral, or some description of why the person is being assessed. Sometimes, during the assessment, the problem may emerge as being very different from that described in the referral. It may even be that other problems, outside the referral, are focused on. However, it is necessary to be aware of why the assessment is being carried out. • When? Has the person received suitable advance notice and been advised of any information or paperwork that they may need to bring with them to the assessment – for example, details of any medication they may be prescribed?

Yet to acquire real meaning, these skills and techniques need to be supported by values and principles, and always being truthful and open is essential even though it can at times be challenging. As we change as people it is important to continually reflect on our values and views, and be honest with ourselves regarding the empathy we feel towards the service users that we assess. For more on values, see the last section of Chapter 1. In all assessments that we carry out in specialist mental health services it is necessary to consider risk.

All of these factors feed into an effective and comprehensive risk management plan that will meet the person’s needs. • Risk management aims to empower the person and encourage them to take responsibility for the risk. For example, agreeing with the person that in the event of their feeling the need to self-harm they should advise the ward staff. • Risk management may also feed into other aspects of the person’s care plan. For example, in care planning you can agree with the person who is on the inpatient unit certain dangers and necessary measures – for example, if there are concerns about their propensity to abscond this can be discussed and it can be agreed that in the event of their attempting to do so that it may be necessary to increase the level of observation.

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