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 clustering.

Nationally in mental health clustering, the presentations are broadly categorised into:

• Psychoses
• 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 condition. 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 and provide eating disorder help and psychosis counselling.

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A Dean

 A Dean