Critical Incident Analysis Essay

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Contemporary Challenges in Mental Health Care Provision and Management 2 B73M20 Cohort 09/09 Student ID: 20328

Assignment: Critically analyse an incident experienced whilst in practice, allowing opportunity to explore professional responsibilities, concepts of care management and the impact of health policy/legislation on care provision. You should demonstrate fitness of practice (NMC, 2008).

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14 May 2012

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Introduction This paper will critically analyse an incident that occurred during my placement on a forensic low secure unit. The Low secure unit provides
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Stakeholders in healthcare delivery recognise the importance of record keeping and they have produced guidelines and policies on record keeping in clinical settings (Department of Health, 2009; National Institute and Clinical Excellence, NICE 2007; NMC, 2010; National Patient Safety Agency, 2007). Interestingly the issue of record keeping in nursing practice is also given a lot of gravitas. Record keeping should provide accurate, objective, relevant and comprehensive care provided by the health care professionals and any aspects of the patient’s records may be required before court of law or the professional conduct committee of the NMC (NMC, 2010; Dimond, 2008). The NMC (2010) states that nurses have a duty of care to maintain accurate and complete records of care provided to clients, and failure to keep such records amounts to negligence. When the nurse was asked about the incident, he relied on his recollection of Mark’s report since there was no written record to refer to. As this was well after the event, there was a clear possibility of inaccuracies in his recollection. It is universally accepted

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that a nurse’s notes are likely to be a better test of events than their memory, a premise based on the notion that nurses notes passed the test of trustworthiness and necessity

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