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Community Care: Mentally Ill

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to monitor the effectiveness of care in the community for mentally ill patients in (a) Leeds and (b) West Yorkshire. (323829)

From April the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will begin to operate a new registration system for providers of health and adult social care services, including mental health trusts and primary care trusts which provide community mental health services. In order to be registered, organisations will be required to meet essential levels of safety and quality. It will be illegal to provide a regulated activity without being registered by the Commission.

The CQC has also just published a positioning statement and action plan for mental heath care, outlining what it will do between 2010 and 2015 to ensure that mental health services reach not only basic standards of quality and safety, but also that they improve. The CQC has committed to ensuring that its mental health action plan is in line with the Government's New Horizons vision, and also takes account of other key national policy, guidance and findings.