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Standard 6.1 Planning Care to Promote Independence

Standard 6.1 Planning Care to Promote Independence

Care provision must respect people’s choices in how they care for themselves as maintaining independence improves quality of life and maximises physical and emotional well being.

The health service will need to consider the following criteria for meeting the standard:


  • People are supported to engage and participate in their care and feel valued in society
  • People are treated with the understanding that they have the right to be who they are, to be understood, considered and recognised as an individual.
  • Sufficient time is available to support and encourage people to care for themselves, and supporting carers where individuals are unable to care for themselves.
  • Support is given to ensure that people have the right to make decisions about their life.
  • The care that people receive will respect their choices in making the most of their ability and desire to care for themselves.
  • Ongoing assessment and individual care planning involving all those relevant to the person’s care, forms the basis of the plan of activities and care. This takes account of the person’s requirements, strengths, abilities and potential.
  • Patients receiving secondary mental health services subject to the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010 must have a statutory outcome focussed care and treatment plan that must be regularly reviewed. 
  • Where possible, people are shown different ways of doing things to help them to be independent.
  • If appropriate, people are offered equipment to help them walk, move, eat, hear and see. This equipment is well maintained, and if provided for a specific person is kept for their own use.
  • People’s ability to care for themselves is fostered and their NHS/care environment is as accessible, comfortable and safe as possible.
  • People are encouraged to be active taking appropriate exercise and/or recreation as far as their condition allows.
  • Healthcare workers are sensitive to people’s linguistic needs and people will receive services through the medium of Welsh as a natural part of their care. People are shown respect for their cultural identity and are able to access Welsh language services without any obstacles, although not everyone responsible for their care will speak Welsh.
  • Public information will be easily accessible to ensure people take responsibility to access care appropriately.
  • There is effective transition from children to adult services.
  • Health, personal and social care needs are assessed and set out in regularly reviewed plans of care agreed by the individual and the people caring for them. The plan is only shared with others with the service user’s consent.
  • People are supported to get help, when they need it in the way they want it.
  • Support is provided to develop competence in self-care and promote rehabilitation and re-enablement; and achieve effective partnership working with other services and organisations, including social services and the third sector.
  • Health services will work with community groups for example those who can help support people with protected characteristics.


Standard 6.1 Planning Care to Promote Independence Supporting Guidance