Even if you have not been directly involved with the goal setting, integrated assessment or action planning, you can still influence the success of the plan by providing encouragement, checking on progress and exploring solutions to any barriers that have been encountered. Encouraging the person to consider “How am I getting on?” is a good starting point.

Some individuals will be most comfortable with providing a description of the progress for others, or for particular actions, using some sort of scale may be helpful (for example, “On scale of one to ten, where one is no progress and ten is complete progress, how much progress would you say you’ve made?”). Keeping it simple, person-centred and focused on the positives are important considerations whatever approach is adopted.

Partners, close family members and informal carers can all help support the follow-up, reinforcing positive messages and maintaining motivation. This will be easier if they have been involved during the action planning stage.

Frequency of follow-up should also be considered as evidence shows that unless goals are followed up within a fortnight, providing encouragement and support for people, they are less likely to progress towards and achieve their goals.

For further information:
Review and Follow Up
Skills for Supported Self-Care