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Find out all you can to be prepared for the assessment.
Consider whether you and your colleagues are safe.
Be curious and look beyond face value.
Explore the meaning behind symptoms and unusual statements.
Explore implications of the patient’s emotions and beliefs.
Think about what you don’t know.
Consider the unpredictability of an evolving disorder or new
Where there is a substance or alcohol misuse problem, always
enquire about violence, especially domestic violence.
Look for patterns and escalations.
Don’t be frightened to discuss your thoughts with
Be aware that interventions have the potential to increase risk,
despite good intentions.
Learn to formulate risk.
Practice clarity of both written and verbal communication.
Know your local information-sharing agreements.
Evidence your learning via workplace-based assessments
(case-based discussions, assessed clinical encounters, and mini
assessed clinical encounters).
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