Mental Health

Health written question – answered on 13th February 2006.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) how many inspectors of mental health facilities are employed by the Healthcare Commission;

(2) how many mental health establishments were inspected by the Healthcare Commission in 2005.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State (Quality and Patient Safety), Department of Health

The Chairman of the Healthcare Commission has confirmed that it does not have specific mental health inspectors. The Healthcare Commission has moved to a model of assessment managers and senior assessment managers, each of whom has a general job description. There are 37 assessment managers and 104 senior assessment managers across the Healthcare Commission.

The Chairman of the Healthcare Commission has also confirmed that between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2005, 197 mental health establishments were inspected (statutory announced and unannounced only).

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molijana
Posted on 18 Feb 2006 1:27 pm (Report this annotation)

are they given proper training in assessing mental health needs...as these are very different from general needs of patients...how much training do they get? you can't find what your looking for if you don't know what it is in the first place....