National Clinical Audit of Anxiety and Depression: inpatient mental health services

Reports | Published: 10 Oct 2019

This report presents the main findings of the National Clinical Audit of Anxiety and Depression carried out by the Royal College of Psychiatrists between 2017 and 2018. It focuses on inpatient services, where people are admitted to hospital and stay overnight for a period of time, run by NHS mental health trusts in England.

To measure how services are doing, they are assessed on 13 standards that represent best practice. By measuring how services are doing and helping them to improve, the audit increases the chance that people who use inpatient services for depression and anxiety will have a good

A full account of the audit findings is presented in a Technical Report. The Technical Report provides a comprehensive overview of the audit methodology and findings, including how individual NHS Trusts performed and comprehensive recommendations for action. It is aimed at senior clinicians, health policy makers, commissioners, audit leads, researchers, and other relevant stakeholders to help understand and improve these services.


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National Clinical Audit of Anxiety and Depression: inpatient mental health services