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Care planning

A plan of care is something that describes in an easy, accessible way the services and support being provided, and should be put together and agreed with you through the process of care planning.

Agreeing a care plan with your health professional means being able to talk about your situation, how it affects your life, what you want to do, and what you can do for yourself with the right support.  It's about being given all the information you need, being listened to, being able to ask questions, and feeling able to say what's really important to you.  The plan that is agreed should be the result of this process.

Care plans will also recognise that people can be in control of their lives and can regain a meaningful life despite a serious physical or mental health problem.  Staying well and wellbeing approaches, and health promotion initiatives such as smoking cessation, physical health etc. will be an important part of this, as well as Recovery Tools and techniques such as Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP). 

You will always be involved in your plan and receive a copy of it.  Ask your health professional for a copy to take away with you.

The care plan is a way of working out with you what we are going to do to help you.  We want to help you to be as well as you can be.  We write these plans down in something called a care plan which is how we can make sure everybody is doing what is agreed. 

You have a right to:

  • have someone else (of your choice) involved to help you consider what is being said or discussed
  • be involved in putting the plan together as much as you are able and want to
  • be offered a copy of your care plan, which should be in a format that is most useful to you
  • discuss what is in the plan so that everyone involved understands it and what everyone's roles and responsibilities are
  • talk to someone about the plan if you disagree with anything in it
  • have someone who is responsible for making sure the plan happens
  • a regular review of the plan and your goals/needs

What should be in your care plan:

Your care plan should include all the things we have agreed with you.  This will be personal to you and should make sense to you. 

Your care plan will include:

  • Why are we doing this? (needs/goals)
  • What are we planning to achieve? (aims and objectives)
  • How are we going to do it? (actions)
  • Who will do it? (responsibilities)
  • Where will it be done? (times, locations)
  • When will it be done by? (timescales)
  • How do we measure that we've done it? (outcomes and achievements
  • Numbers to contact (your main contact and any others, including out of hours if needed)


What your care plan will look like

Your care plan might be in a letter or on a form or in another way that suits you.  This might include any of the examples shown below.  Please click on any of the images below to open the forms or enlarge the picture.

Many people will have their care plan in a folder like the one shown, we can email your care plan to you, please confirm and check your email address and ask the team to do this.  See below under 'How we record this' to look at the different styles of care plan that might be used. 

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Care Plan folder small picture
Care Plan Folder
Inpatient care plan small picture
Inpatient care plan
Care plan form C small picture
Care Plan form C
Care Planf for CAMHS small picture
Care Plan for CAMHS
Your Care

Your Care Plan

You can download a copy of the Your Care booklet to read more about your Care Planning and how you can be involved in making things work for you.

The booklet contains lots of useful phone numbers and links to websites which might be helpful as you work out what works best for you.

You might also look at:

Recovery and Wellbeing Centre in Derbyshire
Infolink Resource Directory
Choice and Medication website

WGCP booklet

Writing Good Care Plans is a booklet provided to staff which gives information and advice about how to write good care plans: care plans that are clear, accessible, developed in partnership, and meet the needs identified.

The booklet is structured into different sections and provides information about Care Planning Standards, Person Centred Planning, Managing your own Care Plan, Safety Planning, Involving Families and Carers, Communication and Choice.






The way we record care plans will depend on your needs and what works best for you – these are some examples we might use

Care plan and Review form C

Care Plan for Adult Mental Health Inpatient Care

Care Plan for CAMHS  

Care Plan Folder


Forms you might want to use:

Recovery Star

Staying Well Plan SWP

Person-centred Outcome Form - Learning Disabilities

My Recovery Plan Booklet