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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Statement on the report into the death of Christina Edkins

Published: 15/09/2014

John Short, Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“This is an extremely distressing case and our thoughts are very much with the families involved. We fully accept the review’s findings and acknowledge that we must learn from what happened.

“The review panel has confirmed that Christina's death could not have been predicted, but it was preventable because had there been intervention to address P’s mental health needs, there may have been a different outcome.

“The report also highlights the complexity of the case, which involved a significant number of different organisations and care professionals over a number of years. This Trust’s involvement was through mental health assessments during two prison terms in 2012 for unrelated offences. 

“BSMHFT has led this comprehensive review on behalf of all the parties involved. We agree with the recommendations relating to our Trust. We are already addressing these through a robust action plan, in particular: new guidelines and protocols for assessments undertaken in prisons - covering issues of training, supervision, clinical audit, information-sharing and record-keeping.”

Please click here to view the report