Look out for these warning signs of abuse, avoidable harm and breaches of human rights to protect our patients, service users and staff
- Staff and/or management no longer seeing people using the service as individuals
- Very few people being able to speak up for themselves
- Evidence of poor care
- Excessive and inappropriate use of restrictive interventions (including physical restraint, separation, and isolation)
- Physical environment (poorly maintained or dirty)
We are determined to continue to work on providing patient-centred holistic care that moves away from the perception of penal approaches, which have for too long stigmatised mental health.
If you spot one or more of these signs in our organisation or somewhere else
Patients and service users: Please speak to the Complaints and Feedback team, or talk to your Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA).
Staff: Please speak to your Professional or Line Manager in the first instance. Alternatively you can follow the Freedom to Speak Up policy.
For more information about identifying and responding to Closed Cultures, please see the CQC guidance here.
Voiceability - advocacy and involvement services