Sexual safety in mental health inpatient units #SexualSafetyMH


Liz Hughes considers the findings and implications of the new CQC report on sexual safety on mental health wards, which calls for co-produced guidance to enable everyone who delivers mental health services to do the right thing about sexual safety.

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In sight and in mind: improving mental health rehabilitation pathways #RehabPsych


André Tomlin summarises the recent CQC briefing on mental health rehabilitation inpatient services and sets the scene for the live expert webinar taking place at 12.30pm BST on Friday 1st June.

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CQC State of Care Report and research for quality improvement: Elves mine the archive


Sarah Carr takes a look at CQC’s State of Adult Social Care Report 2014/15 and corrals the elves in to mine the Social Care Elf archive for some research blogs to help adults social care providers improve services quality.

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Census analysis shows numbers of people with learning disabilities in in-patient beds falling from 2010-13

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Following the uncovering of abuse at Winterbourne View by the BBC’s Panorama team, the Government committed to a programme of action to address what were recognised as system wide failures in the care and support of adults with learning disabilities described as having complex challenging behaviours. (Transforming Care) The Transforming Care document set out a [read the full story…]

CQC and CBF publish ‘Three Lives’ Report with commitments to action


A short while ago, the Learning Disabilities Elf made a small contribution to the Justice for LB campaign by trying to draw attention once again to the evidence base. Wednesday (day 91) saw the publication of a key report from the Care Quality Commission and Challenging Behaviour Foundation, which tells the stories of three young [read the full story…]

CQC still concerned about lack of understanding of Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards


Background Last week, we posted about the BIDs research, which provided a great deal of insight into the current approach to making best interests decisions under the Mental Capacity Act (2005). The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) were introduced into the act and came into force in 2009 to ensure that where people who may [read the full story…]

CQC finds half of learning disability services did not meet essential standards

Self-reported stigma was positively associated with psychological distress

Last year, the BBC  screened its secret filming at the Winterbourne view home in Bristol which showed shocking scenes of abuse. The subsequent inquiry led to arrests and convictions, but there were concerns that this was not an isolated incident. The care services minister stated his determination to strengthen safeguards and the Care Standards Commission [read the full story…]

CQC report raises concerns about awareness of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in NHS

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We have posted before about concerns about the lack of understanding of the operation of the Mental Capacity Act in learning disability services . This report from the Care Quality Commission suggests that those working in the NHS may have similar issues. The report’s authors recommend that the NHS needs better training and more awareness of [read the full story…]

CQC report claims people with learning disabilities often not at the centre of their own care

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Following the allegations of abuse uncovered by the BBC panorama programme, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has been involved in a targeted programme of 150 unannounced inspections of hospitals and care homes that care for people with learning disabilities. The programme is designed to identify whether people with learning disabilities are getting safe and appropriate [read the full story…]

Care Quality Commission publish monitoring report on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

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The Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards provide a legal framework for hospitals and care homes to obtain a power to lawfully deprive people who are using their services of their liberty. This applies when they lack capacity to consent to their care or treatment. The safeguards aim to protect some of the most [read the full story…]