Shortage of beds and poor ward environments affecting mental health services
- 17 Oct
Feedback from the first set of inspections into mental health has found poor care which "would not be acceptable" in physical health services.
The Care Quality Commission have found substandard ward environments and problems with beds along with intensive care for unwell patients are key issues affecting mental health services which would be unacceptable in other areas of the NHS.
The report highlights four key areas of concern in mental health services, reported by Community Care:
• Unavailability of admission beds: The pressure on beds in local services meant patients were being sent long distances from home for care and shuffled from ward to ward to free-up beds in admission units. "Both practices make it difficult for carers and families to maintain contact and leads to discontinuities of care," the CQC found.
• Unavailability of psychiatric intensive care: A lack of psychiatric intensive care units (PICUs) - specialist wards for the most distressed and unwell patients - was an issue at several trusts. One trust regularly transported patients over 100 miles to a PICU. "It would be very unusual for an acute hospital that admitted people with medical emergencies to have such poor access to intensive care," the CQC said.
• Unsuitable physical environments: The regulator found some mental health wards were located in "old, poorly maintained buildings" that made it hard for staff to meet patient need. Patient safety was further compromised on some wards by the presence of ligature points that pose a risk to suicidal patients, the report added. Several mental health wards did not comply with the requirement for all accommodation to be same sex. "This both compromises the dignity of people receiving care on these wards and, if coupled with poor lines of sight that impair the ability of nurses to observe the ward, can potentially put patients at risk from sexual violence," the report said.
•· Poor crisis care response: The CQC report reiterates the findings of its survey of ‘NHS place of safety' availability for people detained under the Mental Health Act by the police. The regulator found that most areas had access to an NHS place of safety but there was variability in terms of how they were staffed and their operational hours. Problems accessing NHS place of safety units meant that people were detained to police custody, rather than an NHS unit, more than 7,000 times in 2012-13. When a person experiences a crisis with their physical health, they would expect to be able to access an emergency healthcare facility and to be assessed by a health professional if necessary. The same should be true for people experiencing a mental health crisis," the CQC report said.
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