L. Note on Common Assessment Approaches
A Common Assessment Approach ensures that the right level of
client information is shared to best manage the client. It reduces
intervention and information duplication (improving client
satisfaction) and identifies the key information that needs to be
shared and the information that should follow the client on their
journey (some areas have developed single shared assessment forms,
along these lines).
The overall objective of a Common Assessment Approach is to
provide excellent, personalised support for the individual to move
them towards and into sustained employment. A Common Assessment
Approach is necessary in order to match client qualities to
employer needs and to ensure that the individual is progressed with
each intervention. The creation of an holistic common Client Record
System, such as eCare, immediately becomes more valuable when
viewed alongside a Common Assessment Approach.
Although a Common Assessment Approach needs client information
to properly inform the assessment practices and the management of
the individual, this need not be provided through a Management
Information System (although this would be desirable). It could be
provided through a referral process accompanied by some level of
data sharing (electronic or even hardcopy).