Health and Social Care Quality Management

Prospectus was commissioned by the Mental Health Commission to develop a Quality Framework for mental health services in Ireland. This is a framework for continuously improving quality in mental health services, which encourages and fosters high standards of care. Prospectus consulted widely on behalf of the Commission in order to ascertain views and perspectives from a diverse range of stakeholders in terms of what constitutes quality in mental health services.

Prospectus more recently reviewed various areas of the Mental Health Act 2001 on behalf of the Commission: (1) Rules governing the use of electro-convulsive therapy, (2) Rules governing the use of Seclusion and Mechanical Restraint, and (3) the Code of Practice on the use of physical restraint in approved centres. These reviews followed robust processes which were consistent, open, transparent and objective.

The Mental Health Commission developed and implemented a quality framework for mental health services in Ireland. This was a framework for continuously improving quality in mental health services, which will encourage and foster high standards of care. As a first step in developing the quality framework, The Mental Health Commission engaged Prospectus to design and manage a consultation process aimed at gathering the views and perspectives of all stakeholders as to what constitutes quality in mental health services. The consultation involved a number of stakeholder workshops, written submissions from the public and focus groups. A report detailing the outcome of the consultation has been published.

Evidence Informed Health & Social Care

Prospectus worked with the Mental Health Commission to develop a roadmap for a Mental Health Research Centre. The Commission had developed a preliminary design for a mental health services research centre and engaged Prospectus to assist in the development of the role and function of the centre. Prospectus led the Commission through a process to flesh out the key features of the centre in relation to scope, role, functions, funding, alliances, and timescale. Prospectus then tested an outline proposition for this centre with external stakeholders and reported their feedback to the Research Committee.

On behalf of the MHC, Prospectus reviewed two areas of the Mental Health Act:  Rules governing the use of electro-convulsive therapy and Rules governing the use of Seclusion and Mechanical Restraint under Section 69 of the Mental Health Act 2001 including a review of the Code of Practice on the use of physical restraint in approved centres.

These reviews followed robust processes which were consistent, open, transparent and objective. For each review the final report was informed by international thinking, a comprehensive literature review and policy analysis as well as stakeholder consultation. They then formed the basis for the MHC revision and updating of these Rules for use by mental health service providers.