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Blog: Chroma seeing an uptake in the use of trial assessments

Assessment and treatment plans are the foundation to determine the best intervention options for clients. The duration of a typical treatment plan is between 12-24 weeks. But recently, we have seen an uptake in care managers opting for one of Chroma’s fixed fee assessments. Typically based over four weeks/sessions, we are able to demonstrate the effectiveness of the arts therapies as a treatment modality through which the referral aims and objectives can be delivered. Care managers then review the detailed report and recommendations and assess whether their clients will benefit from further treatment.

All assessments and treatments are structured on a ‘review and report’ basis and the fixed fee assessment covers a number of things:

  • Assessing the core named issues (for example gait, depression or upper limb movement)
  • Assessing whether the client will respond well to an arts therapy modality regardless of what the referral is about – this is useful to know if clients are struggling to engage with other types of rehab or life in general, post injury

The fixed fee allows instructing parties to know the exact cost and is VAT free. Clients are assessed in the exact same way as they would be for a full course of treatment and the quality of treatment is unaffected by opting for a fixed fee approach.

Sessions consist of two-hour blocks, with one hour of client contact and one hour of support around the session and liaison with family/professionals per week. A further six hours is allocated for set up, reading of case notes, meetings with professionals, pre and post work and writing of an assessment report.

Initial feedback suggests that instructing parties, including case managers and solicitors appreciate the assessment as it gives great clinical details, but also allows them a relatively risk-free insight to see if their client will engage which is why they have become increasingly popular.

Though only a short assessment period it is enough to demonstrate the potential longer term successes of the therapies programme. For example, those who could not communicate at all, after a four week assessment showed improvement in intentional communicating through slight movement, eye gaze or change of expression. Family members have also expressed positive feedback in the success of these assessments and treatments.

The increased uptake demonstrates the success of arts therapies for rehabilitation and the increasingly positive attitude towards arts therapy.

Our aim is to improve the quality of the lives of every client we treat and a 75% uptake suggests instructing parties and MDTs are realising the potential of improved outcomes through creativity.