We at NobleCare support Health secretary Matt Hancock’s request for the CQC to open an urgent investigation into practices including the use of seclusion and segregation of patients within secure hospitals.
The health secretary’s intervention comes after news coverage of the treatment of more than 2,300 people with autism or a learning disability currently detained in secure hospitals, known as Assessment and Treatment Units (ATUs), since 2015
In his letter to the chief executive of the CQC Mr Hancock writes: “Since becoming Secretary of State for Health and Social Care I have become increasingly concerned about the use of seclusion settings for those with autism and learning disabilities.
“Under Section 48 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 we are requesting that you immediately initiate a Care Quality Commission thematic review into the practice of prolonged seclusion and long-term segregation for children and adults with a mental illness, learning disability or autism in secondary care and social care settings.
“In the circumstances I request that this review be expedited and completed as quickly as is feasible. I look forward to seeing the findings of this work to ensure that we can eliminate inappropriate restrictive practices and ensure that vulnerable people supported by health and social care are accorded the best possible care.”