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CQC Annual review of MHA, 18 November

More than half of the inpatient psychiatric wards CQC reviewed had not demonstrated that they had trained their staff in the ‘Code of Practice’ (national guidance that explains how professionals should carry out their responsibilities under the Mental Health Act) and more than half had not updated their policies, despite the Code being introduced over eighteen months ago (in April 2015).

Also, in 12% (515 out of 4,344) of the patients CQC interviewed on its visits, there was no evidence that they were informed of their right to an Independent Mental Health Advocate, who would offer support to them and enable them to be involved in decisions about their care. Furthermore, there was no evidence of patient involvement in care planning in 29% (1,214 out of 4,226) of the records CQC examined.

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