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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Patient safety alert – The importance of checking vital signs during and after restrictive interventions/manual restraint

NHS England, December 2015

A patient safety alert has been issued by NHS England to raise awareness of the importance of taking, recording and responding to vital signs where restraint has been used to manage a person’s behaviour if they are at risk to themselves or others.

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Mental health trust failed to investigate unexpected deaths, claims leaked report

BMJ, 10 December 2015

A mental health trust in England failed to properly investigate the unexpected deaths of more than 1000 people between 2011 and 2015, a damning leaked report has claimed…

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Clinical Review: Suicide risk assessment and intervention in people with mental illness

BMJ, 9 November 2015

This review summarizes the current science in suicide risk assessment and provides an overview of the interventions shown to reduce the risk of suicide, with a focus on the clinical management of people with mental disorders.

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How mental health impacts life expectancy

RSA Open Public Services Network, November 2015

The RSA OSPN (Open Public Services Network) is an innovative programme providing independent assessment of government and public services performance data.

This project was funded by the Cabinet Office and we worked with Mind to map mental health inequalities across the UK.  Their interactive tool, ‘Living a Long Life? How Mental Health Impacts Life Expectancy’ gives service users and the public access to data highlighting how well local health providers are looking after people with mental health conditions. Local areas across England are banded on how well they support mental health service users.

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Click here to view their report ‘Getting the message on mental health’.

Government response to No voice unheard, no right ignored

Department of Health, November 2015

This response sets out proposals to strengthen the rights of people with learning disabilities, autism or mental health conditions and their families. Significantly the government has announced people with learning disabilities, autism or mental health conditions who are at risk of hospital admission will get a named social worker to challenge decisions about their care.

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