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Providers registered under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 must notify us about unauthorised absences and deaths of people detained or liable to be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.

Please note that people liable to be detained include, for example, those on Section 17 leave of absence from hospital, or those held under short-term powers of Sections 5, 135 or 136.

In addition, providers of psychiatric units whose service is normally intended for persons over the age of 18 years must notify us about the placement of a child or young person where the placement lasts for a continuous period of longer than 48 hours.

Lastly, Section 61 of the Mental Health Act requires the reporting of certified treatment.

Unauthorised absences

Services that are designated as low, medium or high security are required to notify CQC of any unauthorised absence of a person detained or liable to be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983, and of the return of persons from unauthorised absences.

Absences are notified using part 1 of the form below. Returns from absences are notified using part 2 of the form. Part 2s can be submitted separately from Part 1s where that is needed.

Mental Health Act notification: Absent without leave (AWOL) Word | 87.5 KB

Services with no specific security designation are not required to notify CQC about unauthorised absences.

Deaths of detained patients

Services are required to notify us when any patient dies while detained or liable to be detained under the Mental Health Act.

Mental Health Act notification: Death notification Word | 236.5 KB

Registered providers are required to notify unauthorised absences and deaths of detained patients by regulation 17 of the Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009.

Children and young people in adult units

Services are required to notify CQC when a child or young person under 18 years is placed in a psychiatric ward or unit intended for adults, where the placement lasts for a continuous period of longer than 48 hours.

Registered providers are required to notify the placement of children and young persons by regulation 18(h) of the Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009.

Mental health notification: Placement of a child or young person in an adult psychiatric unit Word | 151.5 KB

Reporting certified treatment

Section 61 of the Mental Health Act requires that, where a patient has received treatment certified by a panel under Section 57 or a Second Opinion Appointed Doctor under Sections 58 or 62A, a report on the treatment and the patient's condition must be given by the approved clinician in charge of the patient's treatment to the Care Quality Commission.

These reports are required generally when a patient's detention is renewed (for patients subject to a Community Treatment Order this report is only required at the renewal of the order if they have received treatment certified by a SOAD when recalled) following a second opinion or when the Care Quality Commission requires one.

The format of this report is set out in the attached form. Please note that there is a separate form for Section 57 treatments, which is available on request from MHAEnquiries@cqc.org.uk.

Last updated:
18 February 2016