When and how to tell us about an unauthorised absence of a detained mental health patient.
When you need to tell us about an unauthorised absence
Only services with a specific security designation of low, medium or high security need to tell us about:
- an unauthorised absence of a person detained (or liable to be detained) under the Mental Health Act 1983
- when someone returns from an unauthorised absence
You must notify us as soon as possible.
How to notify us
Use our existing provider portal
If you already have an account you can notify us online through the CQC provider portal.
Email a Word form
Use this form to tell us about an unauthorised absence.
Use part 1 of the form to tell us about an absence, and part 2 to tell us about a return from absence. You can submit part 1 and part 2 separately where needed.
If you are using assistive technology and have any issues using this form, please contact us to let us know. We will make reasonable adjustments wherever possible.
Email the completed form to HSCA_notifications@cqc.org.uk.