A period of care provided as part of the Care Programme Approach for an adult (including elderly) PATIENT. The CARE PROGRAMME APPROACH EPISODE forms part of a MENTAL HEALTH CARE SPELL.

The first CARE PROGRAMME APPROACH EPISODE starts when the MENTAL HEALTH CARE SPELL initial assessment of the PATIENT determines that a plan of care or treatment is required which will be delivered under the Care Programme Approach.

The CARE PROGRAMME APPROACH EPISODE ends when one of the following occurs:

- a review determines that no further care need be provided
- a different level of Care Programme Approach is required
- a PATIENT transfers to another HEALTH CARE PROVIDER with main responsibility for provision of mental health care also being transferred
- death of the PATIENT

A Care Programme Approach must involve all of the following key elements:

a. An assessment of the PATIENT's health and social care needs
b. A written care plan to meet the assessed needs, the PATIENT being involved in drawing up the care plan
c. Regular reviews of the PATIENT's care plan
d. A named mental health worker, called a care coordinator, who is responsible for the PATIENT care under the Care Programme Approach

There are two levels of Care Programme Approach; standard and enhanced.

HC(90)23, LSSL(90)11 'Caring for People', The Care Programme Approach for People with Mental illness referred to the Specialist Psychiatric Services. (Renewed September 1995)
The Health of the Nation Key Area Handbook: Mental Illness, 2nd Edition, HMSO 1994, Appendix 9.3
H51/011 1406 1P January 97 The Patient's Charter - Mental Health Services
"Effective Care Co-ordination in Mental Health Services", Modernising the Care Programme Approach, a Policy Booklet, catalogue number 16736, October 1999.

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