A new Mental Health Act report by the Care Quality Commission has found that more needs to be done to support people detained under the Act.

Monitoring the Mental Health reportThe Care Quality Commission (CQC), regulator of health and social care, visited mental health NHS Trusts and independent mental health hospitals to interview patients and review practice in 2014/15. The CQC asked how involved patients were in their own care, if they are able to exercise their legal rights and whether there are appropriate safeguards in place.

The report, "Monitoring the Mental Health Act 2014/15", highlights a lack of staff training on the revised Code of Practice and a quarter of patients' care plans didn't include patient's involvement or views on their care. 10% of records didn't show whether patients had received information about their rights.

The findings of the report suggest that some people detained under the Mental Health Act aren't receiving the highest standards of care and are having their liberty unnecessarily restricted.

As of 31 March 2015, there were more than 25,000 people subject to the Act with use of the Act increasing 10% on 2013/14.

The CQC also found excellent examples of high-quality care with patients empowered to make decisions and encouraged to shape the services and care they receive.

Dr Paul Lelliott, Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals (lead for mental health), said, "Although we have seen some good and caring practice in mental health facilities, we remain concerned that services are not ensuring staff understand the Act or how they can ensure people are fully involved in decisions about their care." He added, "A system-wide effort is needed to ensure people receive the care and support they need...Where we see people’s rights are not being protected we will always take action to improve their situation and make sure they receive better care.”

You can read a copy of the full report here.

An Easy Read version can also be found here.