18 November 2016
Registrar of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Dr Adrian James said:“The Royal College of Psychiatrists welcomes all attempts to safeguard the human rights of our patients. Better access to services across all levels of care will ensure that patients are cared for in the least restrictive environment and that effective care is given at the right time and in the right place. The report highlights many areas of good practice where mental health teams work positively with patients but support is needed to eradicate out of area placements - a key recommendation of Lord Crisp’s report on acute psychiatric care. However, in order to ensure full implementation across all areas it is essential that we train more mental health workers, including psychiatrists."