Survey highlighting mental health discharge planning

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Mind research shows one in three people feel they were sent home from hospital too soon with almost a quarter unaware of an ongoing care plan.

The research, published this week by charity Mind, revealed a range of problems people had experienced around discharge planning from mental health hospitals.National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines stipulate that plans should be made for people’s ongoing care from admission or as early as possible from when they go into hospital.But nearly two in three people (66%) surveyed by Mind said they were not given a written care plan while one in four (23%) said they were unaware of any plan at all.

The findings follow the government’s announcement in October of an independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983, which is due to report back in autumn 2018.Paul Farmer, Mind’s chief executive, described the picture painted by the survey as “shocking”, adding that it was “a tragedy that so many people, so very recently leaving the care of hospital are being left to cope alone” and at potential risk to their lives.

Ref Community Care December 9, 2017

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