Is mental health crisis care in crisis?

NHS Confederation, October 2016

This briefing, by the Mental Health Network, explores the gap between the policy rhetoric around mental health crisis care and reporting on the ground.

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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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Mental health and policing improving crisis care

NHS Confederation, 26 January 2015

This joint briefing by the Mental Health Network (MHN) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) highlights emerging good practice to deliver improved care for people in mental health crisis. It demonstrates our organisations’ commitment to the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat (‘the Concordat’).

Key points:

  • Too many people in mental health crisis have been detained in police custody when they need urgent mental healthcare instead.
  • People with mental health problems are up to ten times more likely to become victims of crime than the general population.
  • Close partnership working can prevent a crisis escalating and significantly improve an individual’s wellbeing and recovery.
  • The police and mental health providers need to clearly understand each other’s legal powers, roles and responsibilities.
  • Triage models should be locally determined according to context and need.
  • More work is needed to support multi-agency information sharing.
  • NHS commissioners need to work with providers to ensure that there are enough health-based places of safety.
  • NHS commissioners should ensure that sufficient services are in place for 24/7 provision to meet local need.

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‘Too many’ mentally ill end up in cells not hospital

BBC News, 22 October 2014

Too many people in the middle of a mental health crisis end up locked in police cells after being turned away from hospitals, says a report.

People are being turned away because of full wards, staff shortages or because they are too young or too drunk, said the Care Quality Commission (CQC)…

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