November Briefing
Healthwatch West Berkshire Upcoming Board Meeting Online 
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Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2019/20 Report 
Mental health services that focused the most on applying the principles of least restriction were more successful in empowering their patients and staff to cope with the extra restrictions imposed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found.

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CQC Inpatient Experience During COVID Report
The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been, and continues to be, profound. The virus has had a huge impact on the delivery of NHS care, with providers and staff having to adapt services at speed and under huge pressure, while ensuring hospitals remain a safe environment for patients and staff.

This survey asked patients to tell us about their hospital stay during the peak of the pandemic. Before this, there had been no systematic study of how patients felt about the care they received during this period.

The survey received feedback from 10,336 people who had received inpatient care in an NHS hospital and were discharged between 1 April and 31 May 2020, while the UK was in national lockdown. The unadjusted response rate was 42%. All data was collected between 14 August and 9 September 2020.


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Hundreds of vulnerable ‘invisible children’ in England are being locked away without any legal protection
Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, has published a report shining a light on some of the most vulnerable children in the country – those children who are living ‘behind closed doors’, including those locked up in secure hospitals, prisons or children’s homes.

The report, “Who are they, where are they?” shows that in the official figures there are 1,340 children ‘locked up’ in various institutions. On 31st March 2020 there were:
  • 715 children in youth custody
  • 81 children placed in Secure Children’s Homes for their own welfare
  • 544 children detained in hospitals under the Mental Health Act.
For the first time it shows what types of ward children were detained on, with 237 children in secure mental health wards and psychiatric intensive care units

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