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‘Western Trust must improve mental health services’ – Flynn

23 July, 2019 - by Órlaithí Flynn

The Western Health Trust must do more to improve its systems of recording and managing adverse incidents after it was criticised by the regulator, Sinn Féin MLA Órlaithí Flynn has said.

The party’s spokesperson for mental health was commenting after the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) issued an improvement notice to the trust regarding the systems within its mental health services.

Órlaithí Flynn said: “It is deeply concerning that the regulator has found the Western Health and Social Care Trust to be failing to meet the minimum standards for ensuring the safe and appropriate management of risk within mental health and learning disability services. The under reporting of incidents and not escalating incidents as appropriate will cause some distress to patients, their families and carers.

“The primary concern for Sinn Féin is the safety and well-being of patients.

"It is vital that systems are in place to support a culture of learning that ensures patients receive the highest possible standards of care.

"Unfortunately, it appears this has not been the case within the Western Trust Mental health and Learning Disability services with regards to learning from previous adverse incidents.

“Sinn Fein has previously raised concerns around the effectiveness of the current system to promote a culture of learning and improvement in care in our submission to the consultation on Serious Adverse Incidents.

“I will be seeking a meeting with the Western Trust to discuss this further.”

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