MENTAL HEALTH ROUND-UP

Published: 17/02/2005, Volume II5, No. 5943 Page 31

The Healthcare Commission has produced a number of reports on mental health providers.

A report on South West Yorkshire Mental Health trust praised it for its levels of involvement in strategy planning of service users, carers and statutory and voluntary partners.

Service user research groups and therapies for young people with mental health problems were also praised. But the commission said the areas on which the trust needed to do urgent work includes finalising an estates strategy to improve inpatient and community environments. The number of adolescents being cared for in adult wards should also be addressed.

A consistently high standard of care has been demonstrated by Dorset Healthcare trust, according to a commission report. Areas of good practice include each clinical team having a clinical governance facilitator and the trust's 24-hour clinical enquiry service.

But some buildings are not suitable for the delivery of care and users' understanding of the care programme approach could be improved, as could information about the side-effects of medication.

A report on West Sussex Health and Social Care trust praised the trust's relationship with a local organisation giving advice on users' experience of mental health services.

But service provision varies according to where in the county a person lives and urgent action is required to improve training on child protection and the risks of lone working.

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