National summary of the results for the 2013 community mental health survey

Care Quality Commission
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This national summary provides key findings from the 2013 survey of people who use community mental health services, and highlights statistically significant differences between 2012 (the last time the survey was carried out) and 2013. The 2013 survey involved 58 NHS trusts in England (including combined mental health and social care trusts, Foundation Trusts and community healthcare social enterprises that provide mental health services). Responses were received from more than 13,000 service users, a national response rate of 29%. Service users aged 18 and over were eligible for the survey if they were receiving specialist care or treatment for a mental health condition and had been seen by the trust between 1 July 2012 and 30 September 2012. The survey finds that the care people receive in the community needs to improve. Of particular concern is people’s lack of involvement in their care plans or having their views taken into account when deciding which medication to take. (Edited publisher abstract)

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community mental health services, NHS trusts, mental health problems, service users, user views, medication, care planning, psychotherapy;
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