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Care Quality Commission wants more expertise in mental health inspections

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) wants to tap into the ‘best, current expert thinking’ to improve the way it inspects and regulates mental health services across England, according to deputy chief inspector of hospitals (mental health) Paul Lelliott

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) wants to tap into the ‘best, current expert thinking’ to improve the way it inspects and regulates mental health services across England, according to deputy chief inspector of hospitals (mental health) Paul Lelliott.

That is why the commission has appointed East London NHS Foundation Trust’s director of nursing and quality Jonathan Warren, and West London Mental Health NHS Trust director of nursing standards and governance Vanessa Ford as its national advisers for mental health nursing.

New team

The two will join a newly formed team of nine national professional advisers who will work with Dr Lelliott to inspect every NHS mental health hospital by April 2016.

They will establish guidance and advice in key areas of mental health nursing practice, such as care planning, governance and leadership. They have already written guidelines around safe staffing, seclusion and care planning for acute inpatients.

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