BBC reports today say The Care Quality Commission (CQC)’s recent review of care provision found that 42% of mental health patients did not get the help they needed in times of crisis.  Patients suffering from panic attacks, psychotic episodes or feeling suicidal said they were kept waiting and did not feel they were treated with compassion or understanding.

Dr Paul Lelliott, CQC’s mental health lead, said the review flagged up some “excellent examples” of good care, but the results must act as “a wake-up call” to care providers.  Care Minister Alistair Burt said that improving national mental health care in the UK was a priority.

The Oxford Development Centre offers one-to-one or group clinical supervision for clinical or counselling psychologists, psychotherapists and other mental health professionals.

“We are aware of the stressors existing in current mental health care services … (in) an effectiveness-driven market environment,” comments Clinical Director Dr Claudia Herbert.  “Mental health professionals may feel compassion-fatigue or be overwhelmed by the relentlessness of the demands placed on them.”

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