Mental Health Act: A focus on restrictive intervention reduction programmes in inpatient mental health services

Care Quality Commission, December 2017

This resource shares examples of good practice around reducing the use of restrictive practices. These practices include the use of restraint, seclusion and rapid tranquilisation. They also include wider practices: for example, preventing a patient from accessing outdoor space.

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Leaving hospital: Briefing on discharge from mental health inpatient services

MIND, December 2017

Briefing on standards that those being discharged from hospital, after a mental health crisis, should expect out in terms of planning and follow up.  However, despite examples of excellent practice that show what can be done, MIND have  heard from hundreds of people whose experience does not measure up.  This briefing gives examples of good practice.

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Inpatient provision for children and young people with mental health problems

Education Policy Institute, August 2017

This report examines the state of child and adolescent mental health inpatient services in England. The analysis explores the latest evidence and NHS data on admissions, quality of care, staffing and capacity.  The report finds that one in nine inpatient units in England failed to meet the minimum standard for staff to patient ratios, while around a quarter did not employ enough permanent staff.  The report also identifies problems with delayed discharge of patients and that inpatient mental health services for young people on average failed to meet 7% of minimum standards.

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Old problems, new solutions: Improving acute psychiatric care for adults in England – Final report

The Commission to Review the Provision of Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Care for Adults, February 2016

Urgent action is needed to improve acute psychiatric care for severely ill adult mental health patients in England.  This report describes widespread problems with finding beds or receiving good home treatment but it also points to the improvements that can be made and gives examples where people are being well cared for in good services.

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Four hour waiting time for acute psychiatric care urged

BMJ, 9 February 2016

A new waiting time target for admission to acute psychiatric care of four hours should be introduced, a commission convened by the Royal College of Psychiatrists has said…

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Independent Commission led by Lord Nigel Crisp and supported by the Royal College of Psychiatrists

NHS Confederation, 9 February 2016

Rapid access to acute care and an end to sending acutely unwell mental health patients long distances are among the recommendations made in a new report launched today by an Independent Commission led by Lord Nigel Crisp and supported by the Royal College of Psychiatrists….

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Mental health patients sent ‘hundreds of miles’ for care

BBC News, 15 July 2015

The number of mental health patients in England who had to travel away from their local area to get care has risen by almost a quarter over the past year, figures seen by the BBC suggest.

Some patients have been sent hundreds of miles for treatment because no beds are available locally, the data shows…

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