Tips for Mental Health Nurses during a CQC Inspection

Tips for Mental Health Nurses during a CQC Inspection

  1. Make sure you know where your ligature risk points are and what your observation policy is on how to mitigate those risks. Also know exactly where the ligature cutters are!
  2. Know the name of the risk assessment tool that you use, and how often this is updated
  3. Ensure that you explain any restrictive practice such as searching patients is done on a risk assessment bases and is not a ‘blanket rule’
  4. Make sure you can explain about the management of violence and aggression and that physical restraint is a last resort and the use of prone (face down) restraint is only ever used in extreme situation as per Department of Health (DOH) positive and proactive guidance
  5. Know how to recognise abuse and what the organisation process is for reporting abuse and making safeguarding referrals. Know who your local safeguarding team is and how to contact them and explain that you are aware of how to make a direct referral should this be required
  6. Ensure you can explain the incident reporting system and how learning occurs from incidents including the de-brief process.
  7. Know what best practice, clinical, national or professional guidelines you follow within you organisation. For example this could be Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Department of Health (DOH) and Mental Health Code of Practice.
  8. Know what members of the multidisciplinary team are present, how much time they are available and how often they meet.
  9. Make sure you know the guiding principles of the Mental Health Act.
  10. Ensure you know the five statutory principles of the Mental Capacity Act