Care and Treatment Reviews – Crisis Planning

Last modified: February 28, 2019
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Some people use a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) to help manage their mental health on a daily basis. The WRAP plan identifies activities that help people feel better (known as ‘wellness tools’) and support networks to help promote confidence, resourcefulness and self-management. The plan also identifies the triggers that can lead to mental ill health and to the possibility of a crisis situation developing. It is vital that we try to avoid a crisis situation as this often leads to an admission to hospital.

NICE Quality standard [QS14/9] states that a crisis plan should contain:
  • Possible early warning signs of a crisis and coping strategies;
  • Support available to help prevent hospitalisation;
  • Where the person would like to be admitted in the event of hospitalisation;
  • The practical needs of the person if they are admitted to hospital (for example, childcare or the care of other dependants, including pets);
  • Details of advance statements and advance decisions;
  • Whether, and the degree to which, families or carers are involved;
  • Information about 24-hour access to services; and
  • Named contacts.

Each person is different so any plan will be unique. There are, however, templates available that help identify all the important topics but leave space for personal content to be entered to suit the needs of each individual. 

Crisis Planning Templates

Further Resources

Wellness Recovery Action Plan from Recovery Devon  Contains a daily maintenance plan, crisis plan and post crisis plan, this template is designed for those able to play a significant role in creating and managing their own plan:

LD WRAP Book and easy read template from Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH).

• LD WRAP Planning Book


WRAP template from Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 

Mental Health Easy Read (leaflets) from Easy Health

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