Assessment of need leading to self-help and signposting
Depression Care Standard 34: There is a record of the offer
and uptake of assessment of need, leading to appropriate self-help
and signposting within 4 weeks of initial presentation.
34a The care record shows that
service users receive an assessment of need which leads to
interventions appropriate to identified need, with an emphasis on
evidence-based self-help, lifestyle advice, physical activity and
signposting. This should occur within 4 weeks of initial
34b The uptake of these interventions, in up to 3-4 sessions, are
• lifestyle advice (including physical activity, debt and
• evidence-based self-help material/guided self-help, and
• targeted information/signposting about local or national
statutory or voluntary organisations.