On 22 November 2022, NHS England North West wrote to Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS FT (GMMH), to inform the trust it would be commissioning an Independent Review into the failings within the Trust’s services, reported at the Edenfield Centre, and the failure within the organisation to escalate concerns and mitigate against patient harm. This followed concerns raised by patients, their families, and staff, some of which were presented through the media.
The intention is that the review’s work will bring some clarity and reassurance to patients, their families, and staff, as well as the broader public, in respect of the ongoing safety of services that the Trust delivers.
NHS England has asked Professor Oliver Shanley OBE to lead the Independent Review, as the Independent Chair.
The Terms of Reference for the Independent Review will now be developed in full by Professor Shanley. This will include collaboration with some patients, service users, families and staff as well as NHS England North West’s Regional Team.
The patient failings at Edenfield Centre in Prestwich, were reported extensively by BBC Panorama following an undercover investigation, and will be the main focus of the Independent Review. It is important to note, the review will also look at the trust’s other medium and low secure services and will include reviews of ward to board escalation and oversight of patient safety and staff culture.
Development of the Terms of Reference will consider:
- What happened
- How it was able to happen
- Why various aspects of GMMH and NHS didn’t know it was happening
- Learnings that can be shared more broadly across the NHS.
The Independent Review will commence in February 2023 and is expected to conclude no later than the 30 September 2023.