Staff call for written 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.

The Essex Mental Health Independent Inquiry is a public inquiry established to investigate the deaths and treatment of mental health inpatients across NHS Trusts in Essex from 2000 – 2020. This includes where patients were waiting for a mental health bed, or where they died up to 3 months following discharge from hospital.

This is your opportunity to tell the Inquiry about your experiences and what you’d like to see changed in mental health inpatient care. 

Paul Scott, CEO of Essex Partnership University Trust, has issued the following statement: “To those staff members who are invited to, or volunteer to, give evidence I would ask you to fully engage with the inquiry team and I wanted to reassure you that you will not be detrimentally treated or disadvantaged in the workplace as a result. As an organisation, we have welcomed and engaged with the Inquiry with openness, honesty and transparency. We are proud of our staff and our alignment to our EPUT values and we encourage you to engage with this learning process fully and openly in support the people and communities we serve.”

To give evidence to the Inquiry, please fill out this webform, or email your completed written evidence document to

Staff evidence FAQs can be found here.