The ‘Need to Know’ self-management communication tool
24 Nov 2021
The ‘Need to Know’ communication tool was developed in partnership with the Bevan Commission as a Bevan Exemplar project 2019-2020. Secondary care mental health patients can access the highly specialist mental health & ASD occupational therapy service for intervention, post ASD diagnoses. Many neurodivergent adults (formerly referred to as neurodiverse, meaning a person who lives with Dyslexia, ASD, ADHD, Developmental Coordination Disorder and / or other neurological conditions), experience difficulties processing everyday sensory information. The ‘Need to Know’ document (formerly known as the Patient Passport) promotes self-management by formulating specific sensory strategies that aim to reduce the likelihood of sensory overload. The ‘Need to Know’ document communicates the person’s sensory differences at times when they are unable to. The self-management communication tool is co-produced with the person as part of specialist intervention. The long term vision is for people to access the tool online through an open access mobile application, reducing the need for referral to specialist services.