Safer services: a toolkit for specialist mental health services and primary care: 10 key elements to improve safety

Author:
NATIONAL CONFIDENTIAL INQUIRY INTO SUICIDE AND HOMICIDE BY PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
Publisher:
University of Manchester
Publication year:
2017
Pagination:
10
Place of publication:
Manchester

This toolkit presents quality and safety statements about clinical and organisational aspects of care and is intended to be used as a basis for self-assessment by specialist mental health care providers. This version has been updated to include evidence from most recent data, and new statements about working with carers. The statements cover: safer wards; care planning and early follow-up on discharge from hospital to community; no out-of-area admissions for acutely ill patients; 24 hour crisis resolution/home treatment teams; community outreach teams to support patients who may lose contact with conventional services; specialised services for patients with mental illness and co-morbid alcohol and drug misuse; multidisciplinary review (working with carers); implementing NICE guidance on depression and self-harm; personalised risk management, without routine checklists; low turnover of non-medical staff; psychosocial assessment of self-harm patients; safer prescribing of opiates and antidepressants; diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems especially depression in primary care; and additional measures for men with mental ill-health, including services online and in non-clinical settings. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
standards, safety, safeguarding, mental health services, mental health care, good practice;
Content type:
practice guidance
Location(s):
United Kingdom
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