Monitoring the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards report shows the need for greater efforts to protect vulnerable adults

Care Quality Commission, December 2015

The CQC have published their sixth annual monitoring report on how hospitals and care homes in England are using the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.  Data from CQC’s specialist inspection regime shows that there is variation between providers. This means that people are not consistently receiving the protections of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, which help to make sure that they are treated and cared for with dignity and respect, as much as possible in line with their own wishes.

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Mental health crisis review – experiences of black and minority ethnic communities

Race Equality Foundation, June 2015

The Race Equality Foundation was commissioned by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to conduct a series of interviews and focus groups with black and minority ethnic people, in specific areas, who had experience of crisis care. Focus groups and interviews were carried out in the five mental health trust areas between August and November 2014. Participants were recruited through local voluntary sector organisations. A total of 76 people took part in focus groups and/or interviews facilitated by local organisations, who carried out recruitment. Several of the people from focus groups were also interviewed on their own to gain a better insight into their experience.

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Right Here, Right Now: CQC publish report on people’s experience of care during a mental health crisis

NHS Confederation, 12 June 2015

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have launched a report which shows that there are variations in the help, care and support available to people in crisis and that a person’s experience depends not only on where they live, but what part of the system they come into contact with.  As a signatory to the Concordat, CQC committed to providing a national overview on crisis care. The CQC carried out a thematic review of the quality, safety and effectiveness of care provided to people experiencing a mental health crisis by regulated providers and providers/ agencies with responsibility for operating the Mental Health Act 1983.  This report provides a summary of the findings of this review as well as recommendations.

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Care improvement works

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), May 2015

A free online resource aimed at care providers has been launched which provides support in driving up standards. Care Improvement Works, developed in partnership with Skills for Care and support from the Think Local Act Personal consortium, maps a range of products to the Care Quality Commission’s inspection questions and ‘key lines of enquiry’. People who use services, and carers, can use the resource to question the quality of care they receive.

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Practical pointers help providers prep for CQC inspection

NHS Confederation, 20 April 2015

Tips on how mental health providers can prepare for new-style Care Quality Commission inspections are included in a new guide published by the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network.

An inspector calls: An insider’s guide to preparing for a CQC inspection draws on advice from chief executives and chairs involved in the first raft of inspections under the health regulator’s new regime, which includes more comprehensive inspections and larger inspection teams.

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Thinking about using a hidden camera or other equipment to monitor someone’s care?

Care Quality Commission, 12 February 2015

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published information for families, carers and those who use health and adult social care services to help people make appropriate decisions on the use of hidden cameras, or any type of recording equipment, to monitor someone’s care.

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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 2013/14

Care Quality Commission, 2 February 2015

The CQC have published the findings from their fifth annual report on the use of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, which looks at the period 2013/14. 

The findings of the report show:

The number of applications to use the safeguards rose over the year 2013/14, but dramatic rises followed in Q1 and Q2 of 2014/15, following the Supreme Court’s clarification that that a person lacking mental capacity to consent is deprived of their liberty if they are both not free to leave and under continuous supervision and control. Since this clarification, there has been an eight-fold increase in the number of applications.

Regional variation still exists
We continue to see regional variations in application rates.

  • The safeguards are most often used to protect the rights of older people, who may be living with dementia so we expect to see more Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards applications in parts of the country with a relatively older population. However, even adjusting the figures to take account of demographic factors (for example, the relatively young population of London), variations have persisted.
  • The rapid and unprecedented rise in applications since March 2014 is putting extra pressure on local authorities and creating backlogs.
  • At the end of September 2014, there were still 19,429 applications where a decision was still to be made, while at the end of 2013/14 there were just 356 where a decision was still to be made.

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