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Inspections of mental health services will focus more on service users

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 02 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7179
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

England’s healthcare regulator has announced a new inspection regime for specialist mental health services in and outside hospitals.

The scheme by the Care Quality Commission will place more focus on input from service users, their families, and carers and on protecting the rights of people detained for treatment under the Mental Health Act.

New inspection teams that include specialist inspectors, Mental Health Act specialists, and patients will rate services as “outstanding,” “good,” “requires improvement,” or “inadequate”—under the same rating system used by Ofsted, the regulator of schools.

The changes will place greater emphasis on inspecting specialist …

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