Care Pathways & Clustering
When an individual is referred by their GP to a mental health care
facility, they are given a screening assessment in the first instance.
During this assessment symptoms and related underlying causal factors
which are presented are considered fully before a patient’s individual
care needs are determined.
Although, some patients may present with the same symptoms, it is not
unusual for them to have different requirements when it comes to the
most appropriate care package prescribed for an individual.
Nowadays, a number of NHS care providers strive to provide an
integrated approach to care provision by combining primary health care,
third sector/voluntary care, mental healthcare and social care too.
This permutation of differing care services is often referred to as
Nationally in mental health clustering, the presentations are broadly
• Memory problems
• Emotional issues
Top quality research underpins these mental health care pathways which
utilise best standards of practice which are measurable for every part
of each stage of the patient’s treatment.
Patient-centric care with a treatment framework based on clear evidence
of need is often utilised with a process that involves care reference
points that are used to inform the care treatment required at different
points of care in a patients recovery journey.
Some care providers especially those in the NHS provide “online maps”
to identify typical treatment and care packages for each nominated
Such an approach enables clinicians to determine the most appropriate
care packages and resources as well as enabling a better understanding
of treatment plans among patients, carers and the patients’ relatives
Such care pathways have been developed to help clinicians and careers
respond to conditions like depression, anxiety, personality disorders,
dementia, eating disorders
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