NHS Providers responds to announcement of rapid review into mental health inpatient safety

23 January 2023

Responding to the written ministerial statement announcing a rapid review into the safety of patients in inpatient mental healthcare settings, NHS Providers interim deputy chief executive and director of policy and strategy Miriam Deakin said:

"Trust leaders have been extremely concerned about the unacceptable reports of abuse and poor care in mental health services in recent months. Rightly, all trusts have been urgently reviewing their services as well as their approach to oversight and assurance of safety, quality of care and management of risk.

"We hope this rapid review will identify and support the immediate action that's needed to improve patient safety and eliminate abuse in mental health services.

"We're pleased the minister has stressed the review will align with other work already underway in this area. It's really important there is a clear, consistent message about where to prioritise and focus efforts and resources.

"We must listen to service users, their families and carers to make improvements, and we particularly welcome the review's focus on using information provided by patients and families, as well as on other sources of evidence and data on mental health services.

"It's vital that inadequate resourcing and structural challenges be tackled too. This requires long-term sustainable levels of investment in mental health services alongside other parts of the health, care and wider public sector, to ensure the needs of people with mental health conditions can be met compassionately and effectively as early as possible."

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