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Trust responds to Government response on report from Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (ECPT)

23 Jan 2018

Carolyn Regan, Chief Executive at West London Mental Health NHS Trust said:

“We have noted the findings of the report from the 2016 visit and have already addressed many of them through our existing quality improvement programme.

“It is important to remember that Broadmoor Hospital provides care and treatment for some of the country’s most vulnerable, dangerous and mentally unwell men within the health and criminal justice system. It is pleasing to note that the original report recognised the dedication of staff who do incredible work in a challenging environment.

“The new Broadmoor Hospital will open in late 2018 and will transform the settings patients are cared for in and create a much more therapeutic environment. It will also enable us to put in place a new clinical model that will further enhance the care and treatment that patients receive.

“As a result of our ongoing quality improvement programme, we have successfully increased the number of qualified nurses at Broadmoor Hospital, with latest figures showing the lowest vacancy rate in 14 months. We have also improved the amount of therapeutic activity available to patients, with all patients offered 25 hours or more per week. These improvements were recognised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) when they lifted the warning notice on Broadmoor Hospital in September 2017.

“Our Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression team led on the production of a manual, recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, to provide a best practice, co-ordinated approach to the prevention and management of conflict in high secure settings. This works in collaboration with staff and patients so that we always treat people in the least restrictive way possible, whilst managing risk and ensuring safety.

“Since this report’s publication we have also put in place a nursing post within the Hospital dedicated purely to reducing restrictive practices, including long term segregation and we have worked with Healthwatch Bracknell Forest to support them to seek the views of patients on things like access to in-house primary care services.

“However, we acknowledge that there is always more for us to do to improve how we care for patients and we are looking forward to the developments that the new Broadmoor Hospital and improved staffing will bring.”

Notes to editors

The ECPT organises visits to places of detention, in order to assess how persons deprived of their liberty are treated. These places include prisons, juvenile detention centres, police stations, holding centres for immigration detainees, psychiatric hospitals, social care homes, etc. For more information, visit

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