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CQC keen to hear from families to contribute to their Review on Investigation of Deaths in NHS Care

3 August 2016

A long standing concern arising from INQUEST’s work is the investigation of deaths in mental health settings, the closed nature of the investigation process, its lack of independence and the lack of support to bereaved families. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is reviewing how NHS acute, community healthcare and mental health trusts identify, report, investigate and learn from deaths, particularly of those using mental health services or who are learning disabled. This review was prompted by the death of Connor Sparrowhawk and the Mazars review and increased scrutiny and disquiet over the way deaths in NHS care are investigated.

INQUEST’s Director Deborah Coles is on the review's Expert Advisory Group and we will be sharing with the review the issues arising from our specialist casework with bereaved families and recommendations from our work in this area, in particular from our Esmee Fairburn funded evidence-based report, Deaths in Mental Health Detention: An Investigation framework fit for purpose? We will also be holding a Family Listening Day for those involved in the review to hear directly from some of the families with whom we are working.

This review presents an opportunity to try and effect change in the way these deaths are investigated, ensure better treatment of bereaved people and the prevention of other deaths. The CQC are keen to hear from families/carers about experiences of the way an NHS trust has investigated a death to inform their review.

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