You must send your notification by email or submit it online.
When and how to tell us about an unauthorised absence of a detained mental health patient.
How to notify us
If you have an account with the CQC Provider Portal, you can send us your notification online.
If you do not have access to the Provider Portal, you can notify us by filling in a form and emailing it to MH_notifications@cqc.org.uk.
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.
When you need to tell us about an unauthorised absence
You must tell us about:
- an unauthorised absence of a person detained (or liable to be detained) under the Mental Health Act 1983 from a service designated as low, medium or high security
- when someone returns from an unauthorised absence
Services with no specific security designation do not need to tell us about unauthorised absences.