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Review the effectiveness of assessment tools available to support your role

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For this assessment criterion, you will be required to review the efficacy of the tools that you use during the assessment process.

Assessment tools can be defined as any system that can help you to obtain or analyze data during the assessment process.

For example, the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) is a tool for screening the likelihood that an older individual suffers from depression. And the Numerical Pain Rating Scale (NPRS) is a tool for assessing how much pain an individual is experiencing.

You may use a prompt sheet or checklist to ensure that all areas of an individual’s life are taken into account during the assessment process. Or you may use a tool to help you to carry out mental capacity assessments, such as this one from the General Medical Council.

You should make a list of the tools that you currently use as part of the assessment process and then discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each of them before drawing conclusions about how effective they are.

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