Care Quality Commmission report: Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2018/19

The Care Quality Commmission (CQC) have produced their ninth annual report on the use of the Mental Health Act 1983.

This report sets out the CQC findings from engagement with people subject to the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) and review of services registered to assess, treat and care for people detained using the MHA.

The report finds:

  • The use of human rights principles and frameworks must be applied and their impact on people continuously reviewed and updated to improve people’s experience and make sure they are protected and respected
  • People must be supported to give their views and offer their expertise when decisions are being made in their care and treatment. Providers must take this seriously and look for evidence that this is being done across their service
  • It is difficult for patients, families/carers and professionals to navigate the complexity of the interface between the MHA, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

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