Today, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published its annual review for 2011/2012 of its monitoring of the Mental Health Act. The Mental Health Act covers powers to detain people against their will in psychiatric hospitals, to treat people compulsorily outside hospital and the treatment of people on psychiatric wards voluntarily. CQC inspectors visit hospitals and other venues where the Mental Health Act applies in order to produce these annual reports.
The report covers such areas as:
- What is the Mental Health Act and how is it used?
- Are care plans focused on individual needs?
- Are patients involved their care?
- Are patients given the opportunity to give consent?
- Is there a culture of control over patients?
Below are some useful web links from the CQC, mental health charities, the social care sector & the media, together with my Storify of tweets throughout the day using the hashtag #MHAreport, as a helpful one-stop-shop today. If you have any helpful links to add, please tweet me or comment below.
- My Storify story of tweets using the hashtag #MHAreport (last updated 5:30pm)
From the Care Quality Commission:
- The Care Quality Commission’s annual report for 2011/2012 on its monitoring of the Mental Health Act
- The CQC’s 12-page summary of its report
- The CQC’s easy to read version of its report
- View key findings in the CQC’s infographic version of its report, for visual learners
- Link to large print version of the CQC report
- Link to audio version of the CQC report
- For comparison, a link to the 2010/11 summary report
- “What can a Mental Health Act commissioner do for you?” – Find out about the role of a CQC commissioner in this piece by Steven Richards
- “An inspector calls” – piece for mental health charity Mind by CQC inspector Edith on what inspections involve
- Comment from Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of mental health charity Sane, on the treatment of mental health patients in response to the CQC’s report
- “Our risk averse mental health system is wasting money and harming recovery“ – Paul Jenkins (chief executive of charity Rethink Mental Illness) writing in the Independent newspaper yesterday
- Response from mental health charity Mind to the CQC’s report
- “The Mental Health Act should only be used as a last resort and with extreme care” – Paul Farmer, chief executive of the mental health charity Mind, in the Huffington Post
- “Action needed on Mental Health Act report as patients and social workers suffer” – Andy Nicholl at social care website Community Care, published today
- “Severe pressure’ on AMHPs amid job cuts, rising workload and bed shortages“- Andy Nicholl at social care website Community Care, published today
- “Often “good practice” in Mental Health Act detentions is no more than basic human rights” – Andy Nicholl at social care website Community Care, published today
In the press:
- “CQC mental health report finds ‘containment over care’: some mental health services have “allowed cultures to develop where control and containment are prioritised over care”, a report says” – BBC news
- “Some mentally ill patients may be unlawfully detained due to errors in medical records” – Daily Mail newspaper
- “Mental health patients being ‘detained in all but name‘: The Care Quality Commission finds mental health patients denied information, and staff inadequately trained” – Guardian newspaper
- “CQC criticises mental health provision” – GP magazine Pulse
- “Mental hospitals ‘treat patients like prisoners‘” – Independent newspaper
- Radio 5 Live radio call in: overcrowding on mental health wards puts patients at risk of abuse & neglect, with Victoria Derbyshire (30 January)
- BBC Radio Norfolk: Chris Goreham at breakfast radio phone-in. Staff are the treatment in mental health services yet 20% cuts planned in Norfolk & Suffolk (from 7 mins 30) (28 January)
- BBC London: Drivetime with Eddie Nestor. The CQC’s report found overcrowding & containment was prioritised over care (from 16mins) (30 January)