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Care Quality Commission – Mental Health Act Annual Report Advisory Group

Lead: Heather Hurford

CQC are producing a Mental Health Act Annual Report and a 5 year plan & are taking a more inclusive approach.

NSUN was invited to sit on the advisory group which is meeting 3 times this year, March June & October 2012.

The purpose of the group is to provide expertise & experience to inform the approach & scope of the report, advise on themes & presentation & dissemination of the final report.

The June meeting was asked to consider an outline structure & content.

It was suggested that vignettes are gathered to illustrate themes.

The aspirations for the work are to:

  • Maximise impact & usefulness
  • Strengthen data pipeline
  • Systematic approach to data collection
  • Strengthen the user voice
  • Link to participation, human rights & citizenship
  • Link to wider system, national policy, research & embed recommendations in practice
  • Make recommendations to commissioners

Last report:

  • Was cascaded via digested forms to clinicians
  • Raised debate
  • Validated what was known
  • Raised substandard practice

Discussion looked at expectations of CQC , its ‘core compliance’ role or a body to drive improvement (legitimising via evidence).

Enforcement powers: NHS litigation authority & CQC – fines, restrictions & closures. Use MH Act in the context of other legal requirements.

CQC are producing quarterly health & social care Market Reports. Read more here.