Inpatient provision for children and young people with mental health problems. Emily Frith | Education Policy Institute | via OnMedica
A report from the Education Policy Institute has found that 12% of child mental health inpatient units failed to meet basic requirements for staff to patient ratios.
Nearly a quarter (24%) of units struggle to employ permanent staff – up from 17% since 2014/15. Temporary bank and agency staff make up 19% of child mental health inpatient pay costs.
Staff shortages affect the quality of patient care, so a sustained focus on recruitment of skilled staff to work in child and adolescent mental health services is needed, recommends the report.
The report also found:
- inpatient mental health services for young people on average fail to meet 7% of minimum quality of care standards
- The issue of bed shortages can mean that children with mental health problems are admitted to adult wards
- Eating disorders were the most common reason for a young person being admitted to hospital in 2015/16
- Young people are being left in hospital for longer than necessary due to a lack of community services with the trend getting worse – the number of delayed discharge days in December 2016 – February 2017 42% higher than in the same period the previous year
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