FORUMS CALL FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO MENTAL HEALTH WARDS
group of six mental health Patient and Public Involvement
(PPI) Forums have called for improvements
to acute psychiatric wards following a series of visits
six Mental Health PPI forums (see ‘Notes to Editor'
below) carried out a series of visits to their local
acute psychiatric wards as part of the ‘Ward Watch'
campaign. Some of the findings from the visits include:
opportunities for access to outdoor recreation for
about the quality of food for patients
need for improved privacy for patients including serious
concern about the lack of single sex facilities (for
example at Central and North West London Mental Health
about the quality of the environment of the units
including dilapidated buildings
interpreting and translating support for patients
who do not have English as a first language
of the visit reports also identified some positive features,
for example West London Mental Health PPI Forum commended
the trust on a full programme of diverse activities
tailored to suit individual needs.
Loosley, Chair of the London network of Mental Health
PPI Forums and a member of The South London and Maudsley
PPI Forum which conducted a visit, said:
findings are worryingly familiar. Concerns about staffing
levels, poor quality of buildings and catering, inadequate
interpreting support and perhaps most worryingly the
ongoing presence of mixed sex wards are all issues that
service user groups, Community Health Councils and pressure
groups have been campaigning on for decades. It is time
for radical investment and change in acute mental health
network worked closely with Mind, the mental health
charity, on this study.
further details, please contact:
Communications Manager, CPPIH London region
: 0783 4130 500
‘Ward Watch' study was embarked upon in order to find
out the quality of care in acute psychiatric units,
and so be able to make necessary recommendations for
improvements. The six PPI Forums that participated in
the coordinated visits were:
Central and North West London Mental Health PPI forum
West London Mental Health PPI forum
Barnet, Haringey and Enfield Mental Health PPI forum
South London and Maudsley PPI forum
South West London and St George's Mental Health PPI
North East London Mental Health PPI forum
request a report, please contact Stephanie Jones on
are 74 independent PPI Forums in London (one forum per
NHS Trust), set up by CPPIH in December 2003. There
are 572 forums across England. All PPI Forums are independent
of the Trusts they are partnered with.
11 (now 10) mental health PPI Forums in London decided
on a ‘joined up' approach so as to have a stronger ‘voice'
in the planning and delivery of mental health service
in London. The network which held its inaugural meeting
in July 2004 is supported by the Commission for Patient
and Public Involvement in Health (CPPIH), London region.
Forums are made up of volunteers. The forums' roles
out the views, notable experiences and concerns of their
communities on local healthcare and presenting them
to the NHS Trust they work with; conducting independent
monitoring visits so as to assess the quality of local
at how wider issues in the community, such as social
care, transport or housing affect local health.
is the only independent organisation with patient and
public involvement at the heart of its agenda.
interested in becoming a member of a PPI Forum in London
can call CPPIH London region on 020 7788 4900. Alternatively,
visit www.cppih.org . Recruitment of
forum members is continuing.