Police cells are used 9,000 times each year as ‘places of safety’ for people detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act
Under the NHS mandate, new commissioners have the chance to improve mental health care throughout the NHS.
The Francis report’s recommendations will have a huge impact on all parts of the NHS, not least mental health services, says Sean Duggan.
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..
Board and CCGs tasked with tackling disparity between physical and mental health support
Smart working by the new public health system, the NHS and schools can tackle children’s behavioural problems effectively
The new group of ministers at the Department of Health will have a lot to take in as they begin work at Richmond House.
The draft NHS Mandate will require the Commissioning Board to take steps to bring mental health on a par with physical health.
A framework to help local organisations to deliver on the objectives of the Government’s mental health strategy for England is published this week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Better managment of care for people with both physical and mental health conditions would improve lives and save the NHS billions of pounds.
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.
Sean Duggan looks at the opportunities and challenges ahead for mental health.
Housing needs for patients with mental health need to be properly addressed in order to improve mental health services and individuals’ health.
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.
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.
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.