The number of people in England detained under the Mental Health Act has risen by 12% during the past five years, according to the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The Mental Health Act was used over 50,000 times to detain patients in hospital last year.
The CQC report highlights five areas of concern:
- Community care.
- Reporting on death.
- Emergency and mental health crisis.
- Involving people who use services.
- Investigation of complaints relating to the use of the Mental Health Act.
Read more: BBC News. Mental Health Act detentions up 12%.
Triggle, N. (2014). Mental Health Act detentions up 12%. London: BBC Health News, January 28th 2014.
This relates to:
Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2012/13. Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to section 120D(3) of the Mental Health Act 1983. London: Care Quality Commission, January 2014.
Regulation and Inspection of Mental Health Services
The Care Quality Commission has changed how it inspects specialist mental health care services. There is more emphasis on inspecting care for people with mental health problems received in the community.
A fresh start for the regulation and inspection of mental health services: working together to change how we regulate, inspect, and monitor specialist mental health services. London: Care Quality Commission, November 2013.