National review of investigation into deaths

April 21st, 2016 by Jonathan Auburn

The CQC has announced that it is conducting a review of the way investigations into deaths are carried out by relevant public bodies. This will result in a national report, expected to be published towards the end of the year.

The impetus for this comes from the Government’s consideration of the deaths of people with learning disabilities or mental health problems who were in contact with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

The review is at present restricted to investigations by NHS bodies. However the learning from it will clearly be of great importance to other public bodies, particularly local authority adult services departments.

The review will examine the quality of identification, reporting, investigation and learning from deaths of people using their services, including those receiving care in a community setting or living in their own home. A particular focus will be on deaths of people with a learning disability or mental health problem.

Further information on the review can be found here.

Jonathan Auburn

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