Independent reports

From time to time the strategic health authority commissions independent investigations and those published since 2010 in relation to AWP are set out below. For each report, AWP has a detailed action plan designed to address criticisms of the Trust which they contain.

Review of governance and management arrangements at Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health partnership NHS Trust on behalf of NHS South of England ('The Sutherland Report')

This review (published 26.07.12) was commissioned by NHS South of England following investigation reports into the care given to two unrelated service users of the Trust who were involved in homicides. The Board of NHS South of England requested a review in order to be assured that corporate and clinical governance arrangements, clinical leadership and wider stakeholder engagement were robust and patient safety assured.

The full report was published by NHS South of England and is now available here.

Fit for the Future
The AWP Board accepts the report. To address the issues raised in the report, which was written in January,  a comprehensive action plan (Fit for the Future) was simultaneously published. The action plan sets out how the Trust will improve to better meet the needs of patients. (see right)

A summary of the main points in both the report and the action plan is also available.

Independent Investigation into the Homicide of Mr A by Mr B

This independent investigation team  looked at the care and management of the mental health service user Mr B (at the time an outpatient and community mental health service user of Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) who assaulted his stepfather and his mother in the family home.  His stepfather died at the scene and Mr B was subsequently convicted of the manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Independent Investigation into the Care and Treatment Provided to Mr Y by the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust,  Cornwall Council and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

This Investigation was asked to examine a set of circumstances associated with the death of Mr Y in 2007 who received care and treatment for his mental health condition from the Cornwall Partnership Mental Health Trust (Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) and for a seven month period in 2004, from Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.  Mr Y was convicted of manslaughter and also detained under the Mental Health Act.

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