University of Manchester wins bid to continue work in mental health and safety

University of Manchester wins bid to continue work in mental health and safety

27 Th January, 2015

The University of Manchester’s National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness (NCISH) has been awarded a three-year contract by the HealthCare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) to continue managing the Mental Health Clinical Outcome Review programme.

Professor Louis Appleby
Professor Louis Appleby [Photo]

The programme – one of the four Clinical Outcome Review Programmes commissioned by HQIP as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP) – examines suicide, and homicide committed by people who have been in contact with mental health services as well as examining sudden and unexplained deaths of psychiatric inpatients.

In addition to an annual report, themed analyses, selected from an annual call for topics, are published each year. The reports provide recommendations for change at both national and local level, support local audit in mental health trusts and facilitate local quality improvement programmes, assist commissioners in assessment of service delivery and service redesign and contribute to national policy on mental health and suicide prevention strategies.

Upcoming planned reports for 2015/16 include:

  • Organisational features of mental health trusts and suicide rates (January 2015)
  • In-patients who die by suicide while under non-routine observations (March 2015)
  • A National investigation into suicide in children and young people (February 2016)
  • The management and risk of patients with personality disorder (PD) prior to suicide and homicide (December 2016)

Jane Ingham, CEO at HQIP said of the award: “We are very happy to make this announcement. The NCISH team at The University of Manchester has identified clear objectives and has a strong track record in delivering clear findings and actionable recommendations to improve patient care.”

Professor Louis Appleby, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Risk said: “This was a highly competitive process so we are delighted to be able to continue to manage the Mental Health Clinical Outcome Review Programme. Working together with service users, health professionals, policy makers and service managers, our work will continue to have an impact on safety in mental health care.”

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