Last year the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland launched ‘Rights in Mind‘, a booklet explaining patients’ human rights in mental health services, with a good practice guide and short films. The materials are designed for use by staff on adult acute wards and in community health services across Scotland.
Since then, they have commissioned independent research into how the materials have been used. The research shows that they are well-regarded by staff and seen as helpful, informative and effective.
The research includes case studies from eight wards, who carried out work to develop and enhance existing practice. This included improving take-up of advance statements, encouraging conversations between staff and patients on rights issues, and improving admission protocols and information.
The case studies will provide useful models for other services considering enhancing their practice.