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Leadership in Mental Health

Sean Duggan is chief executive at the Centre for Mental Health. 

A state of emergency for mental healthcare

Posted by Sean DugganMon, 24 Jun 2013

Police cells are used 9,000 times each year as ‘places of safety’ for people detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act

The new NHS can transform mental health care

Posted by Sean DugganMon, 13 May 2013

Under the NHS mandate, new commissioners have the chance to improve mental health care throughout the NHS.

What the Francis report means for mental healthcare

Posted by Sean DugganWed, 6 Feb 2013

The Francis report’s recommendations will have a huge impact on all parts of the NHS, not least mental health services, says Sean Duggan.

A decade of austerity should spur on fundamental care reform

Posted by Sean DugganMon, 17 Dec 2012

CCGs have the opportunity to reform patterns of service provision and ways of working.A decade of austerity could spur on some long overdue changes to our health and care system..

The mandate provides a historic opportunity for better mental healthcare

Posted by Sean DugganTue, 13 Nov 2012

Board and CCGs tasked with tackling disparity between physical and mental health support

How public health can help the neediest parents

Posted by Sean DugganTue, 23 Oct 2012

Smart working by the new public health system, the NHS and schools can tackle children’s behavioural problems effectively

The new minister's agenda

Posted by Sean DugganThu, 6 Sep 2012

The new group of ministers at the Department of Health will have a lot to take in as they begin work at Richmond House.

Parity of esteem

Posted by Sean DugganTue, 14 Aug 2012

The draft NHS Mandate will require the Commissioning Board to take steps to bring mental health on a par with physical health.

Genuine 'co-production' now needs 'coming together'

Posted by Sean DugganThu, 26 Jul 2012

A framework to help local organisations to deliver on the objectives of the Government’s mental health strategy for England is published this week.

Securing equal mental health investment is still a big task

Posted by Sean DugganThu, 21 Jun 2012

The Health and Social Care Act earlier this year included a new requirement on the secretary of state for health to give equal prominence to physical and mental health. This week, a report published by the LSE has reminded us of quite how big a task this is.

Commissioning board must safeguard the future of secure care services

Posted by Sean DugganMon, 14 May 2012

The Commissioning Board takes over responsibility for specialised services in April 2013 and needs to focus on designing a system without the blockage problems of today if it is to commissioning secure care successfully.

On the road to Recovery

Posted by Sean DugganWed, 11 Apr 2012

The government made Recovery the mental health strategy’s defining goal in February - which gives mental health service providers to do something truly radical, says Sean Duggan.

Integrating mental health and substance misuse services

Posted by Sean DugganFri, 2 Mar 2012

While there has long been a link between mental health problems and drugs and/or alcohol abuse, providing services for this group should be better integrated if outcomes are to improve.

Improving comorbity care is a key challenge for mental health

Posted by Sean DugganThu, 9 Feb 2012

Better managment of care for people with both physical and mental health conditions would improve lives and save the NHS billions of pounds.

The funding must be available to help achieve public health outcomes

Posted by Sean DugganFri, 27 Jan 2012

The recently announced Public Health Outcomes Framework sets an effective set of measurements for performance - but if the resources aren’t there to achieve them, many services will step back from this opportunity for a step change in mental healthcare.

What will 2012 have in store for mental health?

Posted by Sean DugganFri, 6 Jan 2012

Sean Duggan looks at the opportunities and challenges ahead for mental health.

'Safe and secure housing is critical to the wellbeing of mental health patients'

Posted by Sean DugganFri, 16 Dec 2011

Housing needs for patients with mental health need to be properly addressed in order to improve mental health services and individuals’ health.

The pressing case for linking physical and mental health

Posted by Sean DugganTue, 22 Nov 2011

The link between physical and mental health is one all too often missed. But the example set by an acute hospital in Birmingham that has invested in high quality liaison psychiatry shows that integrating physical and mental health services has efficiency and financial benefits waiting to be discovered.

Integration must not default to a box-ticking process

Posted by Sean DugganTue, 18 Oct 2011

Integrated care is a hot topic again thanks to the Health Bill’s passage through the House of Lords, but the NHS and Department of Health must ensure integration is not just a buzzword that falls out of use in the long-term.

Creating diversion will improve mental health screening throughout the judicial system

Posted by Sean DugganFri, 2 Sep 2011

New evidence has shown that rates of mental ill health among offenders connected with probation services are worryingly high. An investment into diversion services can help provide these individuals with vital support services at the earliest opportunity, says Sean Duggan.