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Assessment - we will find out with you what your needs are


Assessment is the way we find out about how you are and what difficulties you might have, work out what treatment or support you might need and how we can help. Assessments are carried out by trained health professionals. 

We will talk to you about your situation, any difficulties you have, discuss what you would like to happen, and what’s important to you.

The assessment process may vary depending on your needs and the service you are referred to. We may sometimes be asked for an opinion (a consultation) but may not need or be able to fully assess your needs.

Waiting for an appointment - You may have been given an appointment to meet with a member of staff from our services.  Please read our Waiting Well guide which gives hints and tips about keeping well whilst waiting to see someone.

We will find out with you what your needs are

When you are referred to our services, we will arrange for someone to assess your situation and work out with you what your needs are. This will be someone who knows about the type of difficulties you have. We will:

  • Listen to you, and hear what you say
  • Involve you in your assessment as much as you want or are able to, and explain what happens in a way that makes sense to you
  • Involve other people or agencies if we need specialist advice or information
  • Find out about any assessments or tests you’ve already had, and try not to ask you the same questions again
  • Include information from parents/carers, relatives, or others (with your agreement if you are able to consent) 
  • We will ask about who is important to you and if we can contact them to talk about how we support you.  We will only do this if you give us permission
  • We have learnt over the years that who you live with and who is important in your life (this is both family and friends) are key to working through any health conditions that you have
  • It may seem easier not to tell your family and friends that you accessing help, we find in the majority of cases it is a relief when you talk about things with these important people in your life so please tell them and expect our team to ask to speak to them
  • Being a carer or parent can often be incredibly stressful as well as rewarding, we will ask you about how this is for you

Think about

  • What’s the background to the situation you are in? 
  • What are the things that worry you at the moment?
  • What are the most important things you’d like to deal with?      

Find out more

These sites have online help pages and telephone helplines for you to be able to call, both in and out of hours and also you can read about getting help.

Rethink, a charity offering help and support for people affected by Mental Illness

Information and support available from MIND

Get advice and support from MENCAP, a charity supporting and valuing people with Learning Disabilities

A guide to Children's and Adolescents Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Learn all about kids health on Health for Kids

If you need help with a drug or alcohol problem contact Derbyshire Recovery Partnership