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Special review launched into Nottinghamshire mental health services

A special review of mental health services at Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust will take place after a patient killed three people.

The Health and Social Care Secretary has announced a special review of mental health services at Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust following the sentencing of Valdo Calocane, who was treated for paranoid schizophrenia.

Victoria Atkins says the review will provide further answers for the families affected by the tragic killings of Barnaby Webber, Grace O’Malley-Kumar and Ian Coates in Nottingham in June 2023. It will also focus on wider issues in mental health care provision in Nottinghamshire, including at Highbury Hospital and Rampton Hospital.

Conducted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), it will be carried out alongside the Independent Mental Health Homicide Review ordered by NHS England to examine the case of Valdo Calocane.

Any concerns regarding patient safety, quality of care or public safety will be reported by CQC, and it will have access to witness statements and oral evidence regarding health services which were called during the criminal trial.

Review will improve mental health care in Nottinghamshire

Acknowledging the importance of identifying any failings as quickly as possible, the Health and Social Care Secretary has asked the CQC to present its findings in March 2024. The government will then issue its response to the review in due course.

Health and Social Care Secretary Victoria Atkins said: “My thoughts remain with the families and friends of Barnaby, Grace and Ian, who lost their lives in such a tragic, cruel and barbaric way.

“It is crucial that our mental health services ensure both the care of patients and the safety of the public. I hope the review provides the families and public with some much-needed answers, and that it helps the trust to improve the standard of mental health care in Nottinghamshire.”

NHS England has said it is planning to order a separate Independent Mental Health Homicide Review into Calocane’s contact with mental health services, which is expected to take many months to complete.

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