Staff evidence

On 28 June 2023, it was announced that the Essex Mental Health Independent Inquiry will be granted statutory status under the Inquiries Act 2005. On 4 September 2023, it was announced that the Chair to the Inquiry will be Baroness Kate Lampard CBE.

You can read the most recent updates from the Inquiry here.

On 28 July 2022, Dr Geraldine Strathdee, Chair to the Inquiry, issued an appeal to staff to come forward, to share their experiences and insights.

The Essex Mental Health Independent Inquiry is a public inquiry established to investigate the deaths and treatment of mental health inpatients across NHS Trusts in Essex from 2000 – 2020. This includes where patients were waiting for a mental health bed, or where they died up to 3 months following discharge from hospital.

This is your opportunity to tell the Inquiry about your experiences and what you’d like to see changed in mental health inpatient care. 

Paul Scott, CEO of Essex Partnership University Trust, has issued the following statement:

“To those staff members who are invited to, or volunteer to, give evidence I would ask you to fully engage with the inquiry team and I wanted to reassure you that you will not be detrimentally treated or disadvantaged in the workplace as a result. As an organisation, we have welcomed and engaged with the Inquiry with openness, honesty and transparency. We are proud of our staff and our alignment to our EPUT values and we encourage you to engage with this learning process fully and openly in support the people and communities we serve.”

Staff evidence FAQs can be found here.

If you would like to give evidence, please get in contact with the Inquiry directly. There are several ways that you can contact us:

  • Email the Inquiry at contact@lampard-og.local
  • Leave a voicemail on 0207 972 3500
  • Fill out this webform (alternatively, you can download a word version of the webform here)
  • Leave any comments or views you would like the Inquiry to be aware of here

You can read more about the Inquiry’s approach to obtaining evidence from current and former members of staff here.