The Royal College of Psychiatrists has published Old Problems, New Solutions: Improving Acute Psychiatric Care for Adults in England. This report is the result of an independent commission which found that access to acute care for severely ill adult mental health patients is inadequate nationally and, in some cases, potentially dangerous. It also highlighted that there were major problems both in admissions to psychiatric wards and in providing alternative care and treatment in the community.
The Commission’s report recommends significant changes to how services are commissioned, organised and monitored across the mental health system. It also calls for faster access to acute care and an end to sending severely-ill mental health patients long distances for treatment.