The Terms of Reference are based on a 10-week public consultation. The Chair, Dr Geraldine Strathdee, considered all the views expressed throughout the consultation, as well as documentary evidence and feedback on the draft Terms of Reference. Further detail on the process can be found in the Explanatory Note.
Now that the Terms of Reference are set, the Inquiry will move onto gathering evidence. We will shortly be publishing a call for witnesses with full details on how individuals can come forward to tell the Inquiry about their experiences. The team will be hearing from a range of witnesses including families, patients, and others affected by mental health inpatient treatment and deaths in Essex. More details will be available in due course.