CQC calls for improved access to health-based places of safety for those in mental health crisis

News item posted: 22 October 2014

In a report published today the Care Quality Commission has called for urgent action to continue to improve access to and the operation of health-based places of safety for people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Lord Victor Adebowale CBE, Chief Executive of Turning Point and Chair of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing said:

"This report reiterates how essential it is that we immediately improve the provision, availability and awareness of health-based places of safety so that people experiencing a mental health crisis can access support wherever they are in the country, without the use of police cells.

Given the correlation between psychosis and substance misuse, this support should not be dependent on whether someone is intoxicated or demonstrating disturbed behaviour, or subject to delays because beds are not available. Additional care providers should be utilised to ensure there is a range of adequate places of safety available in any local area, for anyone requiring support.

The most pressing issue, however, is staff training and ensuring that all police officers and health professionals know their role within an effective crisis care pathway that saves people's lives."

Read the full CQC report