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Independent commission to review schizophrenia care

Schizophrenia and psychosis care is set to come under scrutiny from an independent review.

Nurses and other health professionals have been invited to give evidence to the commission, set up by the charity Rethink Mental Illness.

The Schizophrenia Commission, which was set up in November last year, has already heard from more than 1,700 people.

Commissioners will begin considering the evidence from July, with a report containing their key findings and recommendations due to be released in September.

Health workers can give evidence using an online survey and are asked to encourage patients and their families to contribute.

The commission is seeking views on a range of issues including:

  • The current state of care, support and quality of life for individuals with schizophrenia and their families
  • The economic and other societal impacts of schizophrenia
  • Public attitudes to the condition and how these impact on outcomes experienced by people with schizophrenia and their families

Commission member Jonathan Phillips, former director of adult social services at Calderdale Council, said: “Of most concern is the gap between the aspiration and the reality of most people’s experience of being on the receiving end of services, either as carers or those who use services. A consensus opinion from audience members in all evidence gathering sessions so far is that the treatment and support for people experiencing psychotic symptoms needs vast improvement.”




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