You may already know that Mind are launching a major inquiry into crisis care, including inpatient care. There is certainly an issue about whether yet more research into inpatient care is sensible or helpful given the work of City University, the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health etc. But my main concern is that there might be many more people energised to respond because of poor experiences compared to those who have more positive views. Mind are interested in hearing from:
anyone with an interest in acute and crisis care – service users, mental health professionals, NHS managers, voluntary organisations, advocates, carers, commissioners, researchers and anyone else with knowledge and ideas to share.
Please please fill in the survey so that the extraordinarily therapeutic, creative work that’s happening on wards is represented.
And in case it’s of any interest to anyone, here’s the response I sent in anonymously, about my experience rather than an official Star Wards’ contribution. Mind asked me to be on the ‘expert panel’ of their Enquiry, but because it would require 12 days input and because I’m far from convinced about the value of the exercise, I declined. But I’m sure they will energetically secure all the information Star Wards’ has accumulated about the amazing work going on in inpatient care.