Goals: A Potent Motivator

Goals act as a potent motivator, offering people, irrespective of age, something to strive for. They contribute to focus, drive, and are linked to improved well-being and happiness. In crafting person-centred care plans, it is imperative to incorporate individual goals along with details outlining how care staff can provide support to achieve them.

While we often associate goals with being elaborate or long-reaching, short-term goals hold equal significance. Analogous to a roadmap, care plans function as guides, with care providers supporting residents as they navigate their journeys.

In light of the CQC’s new single assessment framework, the importance of evidencing goal setting and service user progression cannot be overstated. Failure to do so may result in subpar ratings, reputational damage, loss of business to competitors excelling in this area, and increased scrutiny.


Here are nine reasons why the CQC places value on evidence of service user progress:

1: Person-Centred Care and Key Questions: Evidencing progress aligns with person-centred care, addressing key questions and demonstrating compliance in Caring, Effective, and Responsive standards.

2: Quality Care: It showcases high-quality care with staff committed to meeting the goals and aspirations of those they support.

3: Continuous Monitoring: The evidence supports continuous monitoring of care provision.

4: Effective Partnership Working: Involvement of friends, family, and close circles demonstrates effective partnership working.

5: Positive Impact: Positive impact is evident, providing tangible proof of the service’s positive influence.

6: Empowerment: It shows that individuals under care are empowered in decision-making.

7: Resource Allocation: Knowing service users’ goals aids in resource allocation, ensuring adequate support from trained and skilled staff.

8: Complaint Resolution: Capturing and addressing complaints demonstrates continuous learning and improvement.

9: Long-Term Sustainability: Evidencing progress aligns with the CQC’s focus on ensuring the long-term sustainability of care services.

Moreover, encouraging service users’ involvement in goal setting is crucial. To begin, establish a clear communication plan, assign a key worker, integrate goal setting into the assessment process, and schedule regular reviews.

Monitoring goals and tracking service user progress is equally vital. Documenting goals, conducting regular reviews, incorporating surveys or questionnaires, creating visual progress charts, capturing testimonials, and using technology such as goal tracking applications or wearable devices are effective strategies.

Documenting and evidencing goals not only aligns with CQC standards but also contributes to the overall success and positive culture of care services.



If you’d like to learn more about how Sidqam helps care homes provide exceptional care , feel free to reach out to one of our team or book a demo today and learn more about our software solutions.

How to handle medication errors in care settings

How to handle medication errors in care settings

Medication errors are one of the most serious and common risks in any care setting, especially for vulnerable people who rely on their carers for their health and well-being. Whether it's giving the wrong medication, the wrong dose, the wrong time, or the wrong...

BMJ Open Virtual Wards Study: Our Rundown

BMJ Open Virtual Wards Study: Our Rundown

The study published in BMJ Open meticulously compares the length of stay between patients in virtual wards and those in hospitals, shedding light on their economic impact. Here are the key findings: Clinical Effectiveness: Virtual wards were found to be clinically...