Publication date: 30 Aug, 2017
The Commission visited all 46 wards across the country - 14 of which are for medium secure patients, the remainder being low secure - and reviewed the care of 165 patients.
The report found that risk assessment, care planning, and access to advocacy was good. Most patients spoke well of their care and treatment, and of the staff who cared for them.
However, the Commission also found that there were patients in Scotland's medium secure units who had successfully appealed against the level of security in which they were held and were waiting to move on, but there were frustrations at the length of time this takes.
Sixty one patients in 24 of the wards in low security units were also waiting to move on, either to a rehabilitation bed or to a community setting.
The report identified variations across the country in the use of restrictions for patients, with no clear reason as to why some wards kept this to a minimum, whilst others did not.
One in five patients said they felt unsafe, or partially unsafe, at times in the ward.
Alison Thomson, Executive Director (Nursing) at the Mental Welfare Commission said:
The full report contains recommendations for the Scottish Government, Health Boards/Integrated Joint Boards and the Scottish Patient Safety Programme Mental Health.
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