Mental HealthNews on mental health services
The government has axed an annual study of spending in mental health services a year after HSJ revealed it had shown the first fall in spending for a decade.
HSJ analysis of the 53 trusts due to receive a share of the Department of Health’s £250m winter pressure fund shows many are prioritising improvements to the care of the frail elderly.
The chief inspector of hospitals has acknowledged plans to inspect mental health services are behind the acute sector but has said he is determined to achieve “parity of inspection”.
Some acute hospitals provide a third less nursing care per occupied bed day than their peers, HSJ analysis suggests.
NHS services need to adapt so they can address both physical and mental health issues - and not deal with them separately, an expert has said.
National bodies should reduce the amount of data they collect from NHS providers by 10 per cent over the next two years and contribute to the cost of any new information requests, a review of bureaucracy in the NHS is set to say.
The new chief executive of Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust has been announced as Paul Jenkins.
Community services trusts are starting work on a national programme to develop indicators to benchmark their performance and value, which could potentially underpin a tariff payment system for the sector, HSJ can reveal.
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Mental health patients have no understanding of how long they should expect to wait before being seen by specialists, the health minister has said.
Mental health patients requiring urgent hospital admission face long journeys - in some cases hundreds of miles - amid growing evidence of a shortage of beds, HSJ has learned.
MENTAL HEALTH: Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust will open a brand new £42m in-patient unit for mental health patients in 2014.
Older people with hearing loss are more than twice as likely to develop depression compared with those without the condition, a charity has revealed.
PERFORMANCE: Mersey Care Trust has published details of a confidentiality breach in which a member of staff accidentally circulated the personal details of volunteers who had visited patients at the high-security Ashworth Hospital.
Monitor has decided not to grant foundation trust status to any further NHS trusts until it can receive “robust assurance” from the Care Quality Commission that the applicants are providing good quality care, the health sector regulator will announce later today.
Lisa Rodrigues, chief executive of the Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust, has told HSJ she plans to retire next year.
Labour leader Ed Miliband has said his party will seek to create an integrated healthcare system if it wins power in 2015.
Individual directors on the boards of healthcare providers will face the threat of criminal prosecution for neglect or abuse of patients, health minister Norman Lamb has said.
The mandatory rollout of a national payment by results tariff for mental healthcare providers in 2014-15 has been dropped by Monitor, HSJ has learned.
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