Behind closed doors: acute mental health care in the UK: the current state and future vision of acute mental health care in the UK

RETHINK, et al
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This report reveals that, despite some 650 national strategies, guidelines, frameworks and protocols issued by the government over the last five years, much still needs to be done to improve the harrowing conditions under which some of society’s most vulnerable people are treated. The report found that there are too many people in our psychiatric units, particularly those – like the psychiatric intensive care units (PICUs), that work with those most severely ill. The report shows, that there is a crisis in psychiatric in-patient care with wards over-crowded, treatment taking place in “bleakness and squalor” and staff left feeling demoralised and unsupported. The report also highlights developments that may improve this situation.

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informed consent, mental health problems, mental health services, rights, schizophrenia, severe mental health problems, acute psychiatric care, advance decision, bipolar disorder, compulsory treatment, evidence-based practice;
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