Care Programme Approach (CPA) Meetings

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The Care Programme Approach (CPA) is used to assess the health and social care needs of mental health patients and agrees with them a care plan to best aid their recovery.      

You will have a care coordinator allocated as part of this process.  They might be a social worker, community psychiatric nurse (CPN) or an occupational therapist. They will work with you to write a ‘care plan’, which will set out how the NHS will support you.  You cannot choose your care coordinator but they should be allocated with your specific needs in mind i.e. religious, cultural etc.

Your care plan should include things such as accommodation, medication, therapy, employment/training, and details of what to do in a crisis among other things.

CPA meetings should also be held by your multi-disciplinary team (involving a  different types of professionals) whilst you are in hospital.  They should be held regularly to review and monitor your needs, clinical progress and implementation of the care plan.  If appropriate a solicitor can attend these meetings with you or in your place.  An Independent Mental Health Advocate may also be able to attend with you if you have one.

CPA will end when your care team feel that you no longer need it but this does not mean that the services you have had access to must also come to an end.  They can continue for as long as they are needed.  Before your team ends your CPA involvement your care coordinator will assess your needs and hand over your care to another professional, usually your GP or a Community Psychiatrist.  They should also ensure that you know what to do if you feel you need more help.

If you need help and advice with CPA meetings contact our experienced mental health specialists in our Newcastle upon Tyne or South Shields offices.