Review reveals care shortfalls following death of mental health campaigner

Becki Luscombe, from Flitwick, has been recognised by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in his Mental Health Hero Awards.  Her parents Sue and Richard accepted the award on Becki's behalf.
Becki Luscombe, from Flitwick, has been recognised by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in his Mental Health Hero Awards. Her parents Sue and Richard accepted the award on Becki's behalf.
  • Serious case review reveals shortfalls following death of Becki Luscombe
  • NHS trust has made several changes at Zinnia Centre to prevent future tragedies
  • Becki took her own life after being voluntary admitted to the facility
  • She was a ‘voice’ for mental health charity Mind

Changes have been made following the death of a young mental health campaigner while she was under psychiatric care.

A serious case review was launched by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust after Becki Luscombe, from Flitwick, took her own life following her voluntary admittance to the Zinnia Centre.

Becki, 23, suffered from ME, anorexia and borderline personality disorder. She was a music student at Birmingham University when she volunteered for psychiatric therapy at the facility in September last year. Later that month she was found dead.

Despite her difficulties she was a ‘voice’ for mental health charity Mind and campaigned successfully to have ‘mental patient’ Halloween costumes withdrawn from supermarket shelves in 2013.

A spokesman for the health trust said that the internal review highlighted a number of shortfalls in the care provided to Becki and actions are being taken prevent future tragedies. These include better engagement with family members and GPs, regularly updating care plans , improving the review and recording of observation levels and leave from the ward, making specialist training readily available for staff, keeping risk assessments up to date and reviewing the ward environment to mitigate the risk of ligatures.

The spokesman said: “The death of Rebecca Luscombe was a tragic loss and our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.”

Becki was posthumously recognised by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in his Mental health Hero awards earlier this year.

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