An independent inquiry into the deaths of mental health inpatients in Essex between 2000 and 2020.

The Essex Mental Health Independent Inquiry is investigating matters surrounding the deaths of mental health inpatients across NHS Trusts in Essex between 2000 and 2020.

The Inquiry will hear evidence from families, carers, and friends of those who died; others with experience of mental health inpatient care in Essex during the 21 year period; as well as staff, former-staff, relevant professionals, and organisations.

The Inquiry is independent of government and the health care system. In delivering a focused, independent, and robust Inquiry we wish to give the families and loved ones of those who died a chance to tell their story and inform change.

You can follow us on Twitter for updates at @EssexMHInquiry.

Staff call for evidence

On 28 July 2022, Dr Geraldine Strathdee, Chair to the Inquiry, issued an urgent appeal to staff to come forward, to share their experiences and insights.

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You can read more about the Inquiry under FAQs.

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Terms of Reference

The terms of reference explain the purpose and scope of the Review.

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Timeline of the Inquiry

The Inquiry is currently in phase two, which involves hearing evidence from families.

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