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The aims and objectives of this assignment are to identify a nursing skill observed by myself whilst I was on my practice placement The skill which I will be focussing on is the first phase of the nursing process in the form of the initial assessment interview The client had been referred to the mental health services by his consultant and social worker in order to continue his care in the community after his discharge from a psychiatric ward I was introduced to the client and his permission was given for me to use my nursing skill of observation and also for me to use this assessment for the purpose of my study The client in this assignment will be referred to as Davey This is a pseudonym in order to protect his real identity and for the purpose of confidentiality this is also a requirement of the Nursing and Midwifery Code of Professional Practice 2002 A patient assessment according to Basford and Slevin 1995 is a carefully thought out methodical approach to gathering information and making an intellectual analysis of the data in simple terms it is building a picture of the patient There are a great deal of factors to be given consideration when assessing a client the most important being that the client is the most valuable source of information Crucial factors can be gleaned from the assessment and there are several different techniques for doing so Therefore it is intrinsic to set the scene before beginning the therapeutic relationship by considering interpersonal skills Sundeen Stuart Rankin Cohen 1998 The type of assessment used here was the semi-structured approach whereby information is gathered on a document which is designed for the specific purpose The approach is called the Care Programme Approach The client Davey was referred by his consultant and social worker to the community resource centre following his discharge into the community The purpose of
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