Assess the individual in a health and social care setting
Compare and contrast the range and purpose of different forms of assessment
There are many aspects of an assessment to consider when assessing an individual in a care
setting. As an assessor you must consider all of the individual’s circumstances.
According to the Whittington report (2007), the main objectives of the assessment is to
make sure the needs of the individual are connected with the resources that are available to
them. You also need to take into account the risks that there are and how urgent the
Whittington identified five main areas of assessment:
To protect the person concerned and the general public.
To find out what the service user and carer needs are.
To be a representative of the service user or carer.
To adhere to a care settings policies.
To enlist the help of other agencies or professionals.
There are different policies for different care settings and agencies. For example:
They could be in place to protect vulnerable adults and children.
To assist and support socially excluded people back into mainstream society.
To help an individual maintain their independence.
To assist people back into the workplace after long periods of being out of work.
Again it all depends on the assessment of their needs and the resources available to them.
You also have to make sure that the assessment is using a legal framework, like for instance
the human rights legislation.
There is a law in England (National service framework for older people), which paved the
way for a single assessment process (Department of Health, 2001).
You have to consider the limitations in your care setting whilst making an assessment and
using all the other information that is available to you.
There are many different forms of assessment that you can use to create a bigger picture: