Developing and Implementing the Lancashire Comprehensive Health Assessment Tool (CHAT)

Age: 12-18
Sex: n/a
Cost: none

 

 

Aims:

  • To develop a user-friendly, concise and effective Comprehensive Health Assessment Tool (CHAT) for use in Lancashire, based on health domains identified in the national CHAT
  • To develop and implement a tool that can be used with a young person that allows a non-prescriptive, therapeutic health conversation/assessment to take place in the community Youth Offending Team (YOT)
  • To develop and implement a tool that allows for exploration, using professional judgement, of the young person's individual and diverse health issues and needs

 

 

Description:

There is increasing recognition of the crucial role of health within a young person's life, and the impact good health and well-being has on the life course outcomes of vulnerable young people who are known to Youth Offending Team services.

A standardised national Comprehensive Health Assessment Tool (CHAT) was introduced to ensure that health needs of all young people are identified and addressed.

A local Lancashire Comprehensive Health Assessment Tool (Lancashire CHAT) has been developed based on the key themes, subjects and relevant health issues highlighted within the national CHAT, but also combined with the locally collated data and documented evidence of the health issues that affect this specific population of young people in Lancashire. It is a user-friendly, short document that can also be used as an aide-memoire during a therapeutic health conversation/ assessment with young people. It allows for exploration, using professional judgement, of the young person's individual health issues and diverse needs. The young person can lead the direction of the conversation and have a chance to voice their concerns in an effective way.

This has led to a standardised tool that also allows the health practitioner to take account of the diverse needs of each young person - this helps to ensure a more cost-effective, reliable and valid quality health-needs assessment.

 

 

Contact:

YOT: Lancashire Youth Offending Team
Name: Julie Cross
Email: Julie.Cross@lancashire.gov.uk
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