Mental Health Services: Safety

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 31st October 2018.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the safety of patients on mental health wards.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

NHS Improvement and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) launched a national Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme in May 2018. The overall aim of the programme is to ensure every National Health Service trust providing core mental health services in England has understood and agreed their safety priorities and made a measurable improvement in at least one key area of mental health safety by 31 March 2020. The focus the programme introduces is a three-way engagement meeting between the trust, the CQC and NHS Improvement that takes place after the CQC publishes its inspection report, resulting in a safety improvement plan.

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