RCEM response to HSIB report on mental health care in Emergency Departments 

23 November 2018

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine welcomes Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch’s (HSIB) detailed investigation and report regarding the provision of Mental Health Care to Adults in the Emergency Department (ED). 

Dr Catherine Hayhurst, Chair of the College’s Mental Health Sub-Committee, said: “Care of patients with significant mental health problems in the ED presents risks to patients and sometimes to staff. Good integrated Liaison Psychiatry Services go a long way to reduce these risks. We hope that increased money for core 24 Liaison Psychiatry services will quickly result in better services. 

“RCEM has undertaken a National Audit of Mental Health Care in the ED twice before and plans to repeat this in 2019/20. We are revising our standards to be more explicit about what a safe initial triage of a patient presenting with Mental Health problems requires. We are working with the Royal College of Psychiatrists to improve joint working between EDs and Liaison Psychiatry teams”.