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Improving Sexual Safety on Mental Health Wards
Jane Ray,
Head of Inspection for Mental Health, Care Quality Commission
Pre Event Abstract
In its report on Sexual safety on mental health wards, CQC concludes that sexual incidents are commonplace on mental health wards, that they affect both staff and patients and that they may cause significant and lasting distress.  People with mental health conditions have just as much right as everyone else to safe and fulfilling sexual relationships. However, people affected by mental ill health can be vulnerable, lack capacity to make sound decisions about relationships and may have experienced abuse in the past.
In the report, The State of Mental Health Services 2014 to 2017, CQC described mental health admission wards as ‘a high risk environment’, citing rising rates of detention, high bed occupancy, frequent incidents of violence between patients and towards staff and increasing use of physical restraint.
The presentation will share the findings of these reports and say what we think should be done to improve sexual safety on mental health wards. These recommendations include: clearer guidance to staff, training so that staff can better support the sexual wellbeing of patients, strengthening of the reporting system investment in the physical and therapeutic environment of wards so that they better promote sexual safety. These recommendations have been developed in consultation with people who use services and organisations that represent their views, as well as with providers of mental health services, national system partners and professional bodies.
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Leading and developing a culture of learning
Dr Rajesh Nadkarni,
Executive Medical Director, Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Qualifications include FRCPsych, MMedSc in Psychiatry (University of Leeds), Doctorate of Medicine (MD) and Diplomate of the National Board in Psychiatry from India and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).
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Working with police
Maria Gray,
Independent Safeguarding Consultant, Former Metropolitan Police Lead for Safeguarding
Pre Event Abstract
During this session we will utilise the Care Quality Commission’s report – Sexual safety on Mental Health wards as a basis to explore the role that police can have in the management of sexual incidents that take place within these and other settings.  We will consider the identification of incidents that may require the involvement of police and or other agencies.
We will explore immediate steps and what the police response may involve. We will consider case examples and discuss how attendees would respond if presented with sexual incidents of a similar nature. This session will also include a brief over view of risk assessment and an insight into some of the criminal legislation that is available.   
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