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More community care and quicker discharge for people with mental ill health, says CQC

More therapeutic care and treatment in the community and quicker discharge from in-patient settings are required for people with mental ill health, the CQC has said in a progress report on the Out of Sight mental ill health restraint, segregation and seclusion review.

However, for objectives to be achieved, this requires a workforce in sufficient numbers and with relevant training, the report finds.

The report also calls for ‘wrap around’ care for people with mental ill health, whose needs may fluctuate.This should include early intervention and preventative services, alongside crisis support. “This requires agencies to work together, in partnership across health and social care boundaries,” said Deborah Ivanova, deputy chief inspector for people with learning disability and autistic people.

Current data shows that there are still too many people in inpatient hospital wards.Assuring Transformation data set published by NHS Digital for October 2021 shows that 2,070 people were receiving inpatient care. This is a reduction of 28 per cent on the March 2015 figures, and a 6 per cent reduction since the publication of the CQC’s ‘Out of sight’ report in October 2020.

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