Launch of the Independent Commission to Review the Provision of Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Care for Adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

The Commission has been established with funding from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, but has agreed its own terms of reference and is expected to operate independently. It is being chaired by Lord Nigel Crisp, former Chief Executive of the NHS in England and Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health (2000-2006). It will review the current provision of acute inpatient services, investigate the causes of pressures on beds, and examine the relationships between inpatient services and other aspects of the health and social care system.

Call for Evidence

The Commission is also launching a call for evidence which will run until March 18th 2015. The Commissioners would like to hear from anyone who has knowledge or experience of acute inpatient care in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and are particularly interested in hearing about innovative solutions to bed pressures which are already being put into practice.

You can respond to the call for evidence by visiting

More information on the Commission, including its Terms of Reference, a Background Briefing Paper and Commissioner Biographies can be found at or by contacting