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Monitoring the Mental Health Act report

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Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2016/17, our annual report on the use of the Mental Health Act (MHA), looks at how providers are caring for patients, and whether patient’s rights are being protected.

Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2016/17

Overview

During 2016/17, we carried out 1,368 monitoring visits, met with 4,114 patients and required 6,475 actions from providers.

Our Second Opinion Appointed Doctor service carried out 14,594 visits to review patient treatment plans, and changed treatment plans in 26% of their visits.

We received 2,353 complaints and enquiries about the way the MHA was applied to patients.

We were notified of 186 deaths of detained patients by natural causes, 54 deaths by unnatural causes and 7 yet to be determined verdicts.

We were notified of 642 absences without leave from secure hospitals.

Our findings

We have seen limited or no improvement in the key concerns we have raised in previous years.

We found:

  • 38% (1,366 of 3,616) of care plans reviewed showed limited or no evidence of patient involvement
  • 20% (737 of 3,606) showed limited or no evidence of consideration of the patient’s particular needs
  • 38% (745 of 1,980) showed limited or no evidence of the patient’s views
  • 21% (764 of 3,567) showed limited or no evidence of consideration of the least restrictive options for care
  • 34% (932 of 2,773) showed limited or no evidence of discharge planning.

Previous Monitoring the Mental Health Act reports

You can read our annual reports from previous years on The National Archives website:

 

Last updated:
9 January 2019

 


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