A NEW map developed by care chiefs has highlighted worrying restrictions for young people experiencing a mental health crisis as they bid to access health-based places of safety.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) revealed results of research it had conducted showed that some of the most common reasons for people being taken to the police cells in Burton were a result of the unavailability of health-based places of safety, because there were not enough staff or beds.
The findings back up concerns raised by politicians and campaigners in the run-up to the closure of Burton’s Margaret Stanhope Centre in 2012.
Now, the body has created an online map of all places of safety in the area and gives details of opening times, the areas they serve, their capacity and the age groups they accept.
Dr Paul Lelliott, deputy chief inspector of hospitals and lead for mental health, said: “We undertook this work because the Home Secretary expressed concern in May last year about the number of people who found themselves inappropriately taken to police stations during a mental health crisis.
“We are calling on those providers that restrict access to health-based places of safety for young people to review their local protocols and to ensure that appropriate arrangements are in place.
“This map can help the police to identify the nearest health-based place of safety – where a suitable one is available – to avoid people being taken to a police station when what they so badly need is to be assessed in a therapeutic environment.”
The CQC found 35 per cent of the health-based places of safety did not accept young people under the age of 16 in the UK.
View the map online at www.cqc.org.uk/hbposmap