What are mental health services?
Mental health services offer care, treatment and support for a range of conditions or illnesses affecting our psychological wellbeing.
In some cases, these services are for people whose rights are restricted under the Mental Health Act (MHA) - either by being detained in hospital or through being on a community treatment or guardianship order.
Mental health problems account for almost a quarter of the total burden of illness in this country - more than either cancer or heart disease - and one in four of us will experience at least one such condition in our lives.
Mental health inspections in 2014
We'll update this list as we announce the trusts we'll be inspecting this year.
- 7 July: Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- 8 September: St Andrew's Healthcare
- 29 September: Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- 6 October: Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
- 20 October: Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
- 27 October: Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
A fresh start to the way we inspect and regulate mental health care services
Download this document to find out about the changes we're making to the way we inspect and regulate mental health care services.
Types of mental health service
- Provide care and treatment for people whose rights are restricted under the MHA.
- Includes the treatment of people detained in a hospital and those on community treatment orders.
- Also includes hospitals where patients may be detained temporarily.
- These services are visited by our MHA commissioners.
Community mental health services
- Provide care for people with mental health needs using a range of approaches.
- Involve multidisciplinary teams of health and social care professionals.
- People using the services may receive short-term interventions or long-term support and move between teams.
- Includes care for people subject to supervised community treatment under the MHA.
- Includes child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), assertive outreach, early intervention and crisis resolution teams.
What our icons mean
These checks were carried out under the inspection model we've used since 2009. These will gradually be replaced by our new ratings (see right).
|All standards were being met when we inspected the service. If this service has not had a CQC inspection since it registered with us, our judgement may be based on our assessment of declarations and evidence supplied by the service.|
|At least one standard in this area was not being met when we inspected the service and we required improvements.|
|At least one standard in this area was not being met when we inspected the service and we have taken enforcement action.|
New inspection ratings
We're moving to our new inspection model and rate services according to how safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led they are, using four levels:
|Outstanding – the service is performing exceptionally well.|
|Good - the service is performing well and meeting our expectations.|
|Requires improvement – the service isn't performing as well as it should and we have told the service how it must improve.|
|Inadequate – the service is performing badly and we've taken enforcement action against the provider of the service.|
|No rating/under appeal/rating suspended – there are some services which we can’t rate, while some might be under appeal from the provider. Suspended ratings are being reviewed by us and will be published soon.|