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Mental Health Services

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 14 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what systems are in place to address non-adherence to treatment or medication amongst mental health service users; and what information his Department holds on the number of mental health services where these systems are applied; (290318)

(2) how many serious untoward incidents where treatment or medication adherence was a contributing factor there have been in the last 12 months.

The information requested about serious untoward incidents and treatment or medication adherence is not held centrally.

There are no national systems in place that are specific to addressing non-adherence to treatment or medication. However, non-adherence is a key issue in mental health risk assessment and as such should, where appropriate, form part of a service user’s care plan. The introduction of supervised community treatment helps to ensure that service users get the right treatment at the right time and will help with adherence.

This represents a 52 per cent. decrease between the first quarter of 2006 and the first quarter of 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data his Department collects on the availability of low, medium and high secure beds in the independent sector; and if he will make a statement. (290244)

There are no high secure beds in the independent sector. High secure services can only be provided under licence by the Secretary of State, and such licences can only be granted to national health service trusts approved for this purpose.

Information is not collected centrally on the availability of low and medium secure beds in the independent sector.