Safety and dignity of people who need care, and those who deliver it, is an absolute priority

11 September 2018

 

Responding to the CQC's report on sexual safety on mental health wards NHS Providers deputy director of policy and strategy, Miriam Deakin, said:

"The safety and dignity of people who need care, and of the staff who deliver it, is an absolute priority for NHS trusts.

"This report provides valuable insight into how very serious incidents such as these are captured, reported and addressed - as well as the steps trusts can take to prevent them.

We agree that providers should work collaboratively with stakeholders, including patients, the police and safeguarding teams, to ensure that sexual safety incidents are taken seriously and addressed appropriately.

   


"In particular we agree that providers should work collaboratively with stakeholders, including patients, the police and safeguarding teams, to ensure that sexual safety incidents are taken seriously and addressed appropriately, and the process for reporting and learning from sexual incidents should be strengthened.

"The review findings reinforce the importance of ensuring that funding earmarked for mental health gets through to frontline services to enable trusts to manage rising pressures on local services. Within this workforce shortages must be addressed as a matter of the utmost urgency."

 

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