Essay on Mental Health Care Assessment

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For confidentiality (NMC, 2008) purposes, patients’ real names will not be used.
Within this essay, I will reflect and critically analyse an OSCE which has increased my awareness, or challenged my understanding, in assessing the holistic needs of a service user (John), referred by his GP, whilst incorporating a care plan using the Care Programme Approach (CPA). By utilising this programme and other sources of current literature, I hope to demonstrate my knowledge and understanding in relation to this skill as well as identifying areas with scope for learning.
In practice, there are other assessment tools such as….which I could have used but the CPA is a recommended National Standard Framework for Mental Health, introduced
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Although sometimes constraints make it impossible to choose a perfect setting, it is important to, where possible, consider privacy. Privacy is one of the keys to good communication, as the client is likely to be disclosing information of a confidential and sensitive nature (Argyle 1998).
On entering the room I greeted and introduced myself to John who in turn introduced himself to me. He stated that, he was happy to meet me. When two people are offering their names to each other they are respectively also offering themselves, which indicates an openness and readiness to talk and share with each other (Sundeen et al 1998; McCabe 2004). Shives & Isaacs (2002) state that this encourages patients to communicate perceptions, fears, anxieties, frustrations, expectations and increase dependency needs. Walsh & Clarke (2009) acknowledge that without being able to engage with the service user many opportunities will be lost, reducing the chance to help the SU quickly and facilitate early interventions.
I presented as being pleasant, smiling and relaxed. I sat slightly forward with my hands placed palm down on my lap, although at some point, I played with my pen which looked un-professional. I spoke in clear, simple terms. Heron (2001) identifies the importance of pitching language appropriately and according to the client's background. This is because a client with limited knowledge may

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