Care Programme Approach
The Care Programme Approach (CPA) is the national framework for mental health services assessment, care planning, review, care co-ordination, and service user and carer involvement focused on recovery.
The CPA framework includes arrangements for two types of support:
- CPA for people who have more complex needs, are at most risk or have mental health problems compounded by disadvantage, and need support from multiple agencies
- Lead Professional Care (LPC) for people who need secondary mental health services but have more straightforward needs involving contact with only one professional or one agency
- Working with service users and carers to build an assessment, establishing care and support needs
- Developing a care plan in partnership with the service user and carers, setting out what will be done and who is involved - including plans for supporting recovery goals; treatment; activity, training or employment; safety; a personal budget if there is one; and support for carers
- Identifying who is responsible for making sure the action agreed in the care plan is carried out (for people on CPA, this is a care co-ordinator; for people on LPC, a lead professional)
- Making sure the care plan is reviewed regularly to take account of any changes
The Trust reviews the operation of CPA procedures annually through a combination of service user and carer surveys, audits and reports from the database.
Comments, questions or suggestions
If you have any comments or questions about CPA or LPC, please contact:
John Duguid, CPA Compliance & Development Manager
CNWL NHS Foundation Trust
75 Hampstead Road