Funding to improve safety of female mental health patients

The DoH has set aside £30 million to improve the sexual safety of female mental health inpatients as part of a package of measures.

Earlier this year the National Patient Safety Agency published the first detailed analysis of safety incidents in mental health services. Although most incidents resulted in little or no harm to patients, the report identified a number of serious incidents relating to the sexual safety of patients.

The Department immediately commissioned the National Director for Mental Health Professor Louis Appleby to review these incidents.

In addition to the capital funding the department will be ensuring patients are provided with greater support when they wish to report an incident, and issuing guidance to help mental health trusts ensure that all safety incidents and allegations are managed effectively and appropriately.

Professor Louis Appleby said: ‘Although the vast majority of mental health patients receive safe and effective care, we need to do more to prevent serious incidents from occurring and when they do occur we must ensure that they are dealt with effectively.’

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