Review of 10 killings shows mental health trust's failings

A review into ten killings involving people who had contact with mental health services provided by the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has revealed failings at the organisation.

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NHS Trust criticised for failings after 'killings' involving people with links to its mental health services

Health trust says it has begun to make changes after criticism

Three recent killings carried out by mental health patients in Sussex could have been predicted or prevented, according to an independent report released today.

The Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust commissioned the review after it was criticised for the way it handled the cases of ten people who had links to its mental health services.

One was the case of Roger Goswell who murdered his wife Susan at their home in West Chiltington in 2007, before killing himself. His family say they pleaded with doctors to keep him in hospital.

Roger Goswell and his wife Susan in happier times

The trust has apologised for the failings in the report.

“I want to start by saying sorry. The independent review we have published today relates to incidents which had devastating consequences for those affected. I realise this may bring back painful memories for them. I also understand that some, if not all, will feel angry about our services. On behalf of the Trust, I want to extend my sincere apology and condolences.

“We commissioned this review with NHS England because we want to make sure we have done everything we should have in response to these tragic incidents. The review sends us a very strong message about the need to identify and embed the learning from when things go wrong in a way that changes clinical practice and improves patient care. This goes beyond action plans; it’s about organisational culture, values and leadership.”

– Colm Donaghy, Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership

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