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The abbreviation SMART was used to identify goals that made Mark’s treatment and care planning more relevant.
Specific- identifying what exactly the MDT team and the patient would aim to achieve. These are the goals of the parties involved.
Measurable – identify how the MDT team and Mark would know if the goals had been successful or not.
Achievable – could Mark achieve his goals, considering his current circumstance?
Realistic – consider the resources available, and if Mark was likely to recover.
Time limit – set a time limit by which both parties had to meet their goals (Lloyd, 2010).
Care planning is an essential element in a service user’s personal recovery, and this can be difficult to achieve when there are so many partners involved (Grundy et al., 2015). The role of the nurses during the planning process in Mark’s case was to bridge with other people outside the care planning team. The nurses need to keep a focus on fostering hope with the service user when dealing with several partners, especially if different team members have different views on how to support the service user (Allott et al., 2013). In Mark’s case, one of the main things that gave him hope at the time of distress was when staffs were able to sit and talk with him. This allowed him to speak about his difficulties and focus on what could be done to make things easier for him. Working closely with service users to identify goals that are important to them can help foster hope in someone who struggles to do that alone