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Mental health

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Mental health patients 'let down'

Almost one in three people with mental health problems do not know where to turn in the event of a crisis, new figures show.

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Mental health spending set for 1.4 per cent rise

Commissioners plan to increase their total spending on mental health services by £120m this year, a rise of 1.4 per cent in cash terms, HSJ can reveal.

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'Huge variation' in therapy waits

Latest national figures have shown wide variation in the length of time patients diagnosed with anxiety or depression wait for therapy.

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Mental health wait times 'too long'

Almost one in six mental health patients are attempting suicide as they face ‘unacceptably long’ waits for help, experts have warned.

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Services “not equipped” to cope with rise of legal highs

Health services are buckling under the pressure caused by new legal highs and the increasing use of club drugs, leading doctors have suggested.

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Lamb: Children's mental services 'stuck in the dark ages'

Care minister Norman Lamb said services available to young people are ‘not fit for purpose’

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Mental health funding cuts revealed

Exclusive: Analysis reveals mental health trust funding cuts

NHS mental health providers have slashed beds and staff levels as they cope with real term funding cuts and the soaring cost of sending patients hundreds of miles away for treatment.

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Revealed: The mental health trusts with the biggest income cuts

Several NHS mental health providers saw double figure real terms reductions in their income between 2011-12 and 2013-14, HSJ analysis has revealed.

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Mental health patients sent hundreds of miles for a bed

The cost of treating mental health inpatients in hospitals outside their local areas has spiralled, research by HSJ reveals.

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Inspection notice periods could treble

Hospitals, GP practices and care homes could see pre-inspection notice periods trebled under a new Care Quality Commission approach.

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Monitor signals the end of mental health block contracts

Monitor has signalled the end of block contracts currently used to fund NHS mental health providers as part of a major shake up of the national payment system due to be introduced next year.

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Lamb condemns 'shunting' of mentally ill children

A health minister has accused NHS organisations of “shunting” mentally ill children into specialist inpatient care for financial reasons.

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Big jump in private share of NHS community services market

The share of NHS community health service funding going to private providers has sharply increased in recent years, a new study reveals.

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Airline style briefings aim to improve patient safety

Trusts taking part in the new Sign up to Safety campaign will be asked to commit to giving patients “airline style” safety advice on their stay in hospital, a trust chief executive leading the campaign has said.

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How to protect the 'second victim' of adverse events

In-depth analysis of suicide among those involved in NHS incidents

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London CCGs map out future of mental health commissioning

Network is supporting mental health leads

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Clinical practice: key to meeting the NHS's energy targets

A survey of sustainability shows an awareness gap among clinicians

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