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Assess the individual in a health and social care setting – 5.1


There are many types of assessment in the Health and Social Care setting, along with there being many different reasons for assessment.
Up until recently assessments were only carried out by social workers or health professionals. However it is more and more common now that assessments will be carried out by senior care staff, care managers or supervisors. This maybe to assess an individual’s needs or the risk of supporting that individual or the risk that individual may have to themselves.
It is also becoming more common for service users to ‘self-access’ which means they will have a questionnaire or a series of questions to complete or answer and they will then be assessed from the answers given.

An assessment process is usually a 5 step process –

  * Preparation – This may include deciding who you are seeing, why is the assessment taking place? What information may be needed before the assessment takes place?
  * Data Collection – Collect any necessary information that maybe needed about the service user, this may save asking un-necessary questions that have previously already been asked, and it also shows that you have some knowledge about the person and that you are there to provide a service that is individual to them.
  * Weighing up the data – weigh up the information and identify if there is a problem and is it serious?
  * Analysing the data – gain a fuller understanding so that ideas for intervention can be developed.
  * Utilising the data – This stage is used to finalise judgments, the data will be used to evidence judgments and recommendations for intervention.

An assessment maybe carried out for various reasons or purposes. Some examples are

Individual and public protection – This will give high weighting to the management of risk, driven by the need to protect vulnerable groups or to protect the public or staff.

Service user and carer needs –...