An official investigation has found that record keeping systems for mental health patients in Sussex are not fit for purpose.
On 15 February 2010, a mental health patient of Sussex Partnership Trust, Steven Dunne fatally stabbed his former neighbour, Gordon Stalker.
Now, a further review has been undertaken to provide an update on the actions taken by the Trust since then.
The report found
- There were different record keeping systems in different parts of the Trust (some use paper records, others use electronic)
- The electronic system in use is ‘not user friendly’
- Key information can be hard to find
“The trust’s clinical record keeping systems are not fit for purpose. The present system does not allow easy communication of client need, care or risk.”
Poor record keeping might help explain why.