Unit 518 Assess the Individual in a Health and Social Care Setting.

Sharon Platt. Unit 518 Assess the individual in a health and social care setting.

Assessment   Can be defined as involving the collection and analysis of information about people and the aim of understanding their situation and determining recommendations for any further professional intervention (Crisp et al, 2003) As such it is an essential component of any care setting; without an assessment, care is unlikely to meet individual’s needs. There is not only one single purpose to assessment, the purpose depends on the individuals circumstances. Assessment should reflect the match between need and availability of resources that takes into account an evaluation of the risks posed and the urgency of the situation (Whittington (2007)
Whittington (2007) identifies five purposes to assessment.
1 To protect the individual and the public
2 To identify service users and carer needs.
3 To represent or advocate for the service user or carer.
4 To act on an agency’s policy or priorities.
5 To inform other agency’s or professionals.
I may use Assessments in response to a particular policy initiative. Policies might aim to protect vulnerable children and adults, to integrate socially excluded people back into mainstream society; I would use assessment to prolong or improve independence; or to encourage people back to work. Each of these policies requires an assessment of the need, which is reflected in the resources made available to me, to meet the need. I am also aware that that assessment also takes place within a legal context, and that Protection of service users is a common feature of assessment system, also the application of human rights legislation.
Specific laws in England (for example the National Service Framework for Older People) led to work on a single Assessment Process (Department of Health, 2001) I look at Assessment as a way to help the individual while also considering my limitations of the care setting where I work. There are...