Emergency mental health care checklist

March 2017

Mental Health

Country of origin: UK

GPs' role in planning and providing care for patients with mental health problems who access emergency care services is highlighted in a new guide.

The Emergency Mental Health Care Checklist outlines areas for action and provides guidance for those working in emergency departments and mental health and ambulance trusts.

It is estimated up to 10 per cent of emergency departments? four-hour breaches involve patients with mental health problems. In addition, a third of patients with mental health problems wait longer than four hours, compared to 10 per cent of all patients.

The guide says addressing these issues can only be done through effective local partnerships between all health and social care agencies.

One example is the need to use all available information when making an initial assessment which could mean contacting the patient's GP.

The checklist was produced by representatives of professional bodies, including the Royal College of Physicians and Faculty of Accident and Emergency Medicine, and frontline staff.

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